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The brown-headed barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus) belongs to the family Megalaimidae under the order Piciformes.

Brown-headed barbet taxonomy

The family Megalaimidae includes two subfamilies, viz., Megalaiminae and Caloramphinae. The subfamily Caloramphinae has only one genus (Caloramphus) and two species (Caloramphus fuliginosus and Caloramphus hayii) classified under it.

The subfamily Megalaiminae is again monotypic and genus Psilopogon included under it. The genus Psilopogon includes 32 species.

Earlier, the genus Psilopogon used to include a single species, Psilopogon pyrolophus. Molecular phylogenetic studies found that the Psilopogon Sp. has very close similarities with species placed in the genus Megalaima. Hence, the genera Psilopogon and Megalaima required to be clubbed.

Since Psilopogon was described by Muller in 1835-36, well before the genus Megalaima was erected by G. R. Gray (in 1841), it takes priority and all the Megalaima Spp. were brought under genus Psilopogon.
Taxonomic classification
Binomial name:Psilopogon zeylanicus
Species:P. zeylanicus

Psilopogon zeylanicus
1.Brown-headed barbet - Psilopogon zeylanicus
Photo by Yagnesh Desai

Psilopogon zeylanicus
2.Brown-headed barbet - Psilopogon zeylanicus
Photo by Anton Croos

Psilopogon zeylanicus
3.Brown-headed barbet - Psilopogon zeylanicus
Photo by J.M.Garg

Psilopogon zeylanicus
4.Brown-headed barbet - Psilopogon zeylanicus
Photo by Manish Kumar


Psilopogon zeylanicus
5.Brown-headed barbet - Psilopogon zeylanicus
Photo by Dr. Raju Kasambe

Psilopogon zeylanicus
6.Brown-headed barbet - Psilopogon zeylanicus
by Raman Kumar

Psilopogon zeylanicus
7.Brown-headed barbet - Psilopogon zeylanicus
by Raman Kumar

Psilopogon zeylanicus
8.Brown-headed barbet - Psilopogon zeylanicus
by Manpreet Singh

Psilopogon zeylanicus
9.Psilopogon zeylanicus by Siva301in


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1.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Yagnesh Desai | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
2.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Anton Croos | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
3.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: J.M.Garg | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
4.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Manish Kumar | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
5.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Dr. Raju Kasambe | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
6.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Raman Kumar | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
7.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Raman Kumar | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
8.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Manpreet Singh | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
9.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Siva301in | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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