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The great barbet (Psilopogon virens) belongs to the family Megalaimidae under the order Piciformes.

Great barbet taxonomy

The family Megalaimidae is divided into subfamilies Megalaiminae and Caloramphinae. The subfamily Megalaiminae is monotypic, having a single genus, Psilopogon, under it. The subfamily Caloramphinae is also monotypic, having a single genus, Caloramphus under it.

Earlier the genus Psilopogon had a single species, Psilopogon pyrolophus included in it. But, the molecular phylogenetic studies found the genus Psilopogon to be nested within an evolutionary branch consisting of species placed in the genus Megalaima.

The genus Megalaima was erected by George Robert Gray FRS (8 July 1808 – 6 May 1872), an English zoologist, in 1841.

The genus Psilopogon was described by Dr. Salomon Müller (April 7, 1804 – December 29, 1864), a German naturalist, in the year 1835-36.

Hence, the genus name Psilopogon takes priority over the name 'Megalaima'. The genus Psilopogon has 32 species placed under it, with Psilopogon pyrolophus as type species.

Taxonomic classification
Binomial name:Psilopogon virens
Species:P. virens
Psilopogon virens
1.Great barbet - Psilopogon virens
Photo by Francesco Veronesi

Psilopogon virens
2.Great barbet - Psilopogon virens
Photo by Krsnarao2006

Psilopogon virens
3.Great barbet - Psilopogon virens
Photo by Sukumardutta

Psilopogon virens
4.Great barbet - Psilopogon virens
by Prateik Kulkarni

Psilopogon virens
5.Great barbet - Psilopogon virens
by Vu2sga

Psilopogon virens
6.Great barbet - Psilopogon virens
by Darren

Psilopogon virens
7.Great barbet - Psilopogon virens
by Darren

Psilopogon virens
8.Great barbet - Psilopogon virens
by Darren

Psilopogon virens
9.Psilopogon virens by DraconianRain
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1.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Francesco Veronesi | License: CC BY-SA 2.0 as on 7/26/17
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Author: Krsnarao2006 | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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Author: Prateik Kulkarni | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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