Barbets (Capitonidae)

Blue-throated Barbet (Megalaima asiatica) - HBW 7, p. 207

French: Barbu à gorge bleue German: Blauwangen-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Gorgiazul
Other common names: Blue-breasted/Blue-cheeked Barbet

Taxonomy: Trogon asiaticus Latham, 1790, Calcutta.
Closely related to M. incognita, and a mixed pair reported in the wild, while race chersonesus somewhat intermediate between the two species; also related to M. franklinii and M. oorti. Has in past been thought to form a superspecies with M. monticola, and was sometimes even considered conspecific, but morphological differences seem sufficient to warrant separate species status. Form described as race “rubescens” from S Assam and NW Myanmar is a morph of nominate asiatica; laurentii, described from Yunnan, is a synonym of davisoni.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Trogon asiaticus Latham, 1790, Calcutta.
Closely related to M. incognita, and a mixed pair reported in the wild, while race chersonesus somewhat intermediate between the two species; also related to M. franklinii and M. oorti. Has in past been thought to form a superspecies with M. monticola, and was sometimes even considered conspecific, but morphological differences seem sufficient to warrant separate species status. Form described as race “rubescens” from S Assam and NW Myanmar is a morph of nominate asiatica; laurentii, described from Yunnan, is a synonym of davisoni. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • asiatica (Latham, 1790) - NE Pakistan E along Himalayas to N Myanmar and S China (W Yunnan), S to Bangladesh and C Myanmar.
  • davisoni Hume, 1877 - SE Myanmar E to S Yunnan and N & C Vietnam.
  • chersonesus (Kloss & Chasen, 1927) - E peninsular Thailand.