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Golden-faced Barbet

Psilopogon chrysopogon chrysopsis


A bird which is always heard but seldom seen due to its less active behaviour and good camouflage. This barbet is a fig-lover as you can find eat feeding on many species of wild fig fruits. This time it is on a Spiky Fig tree (Ficus cucurbitina). This species is still a taxonomic confusion where some people regard it as a Golden-faced Barbet (Psilopogon chrysopsis), different species from the main golden-whiskered barbet (Psilopogon chrysopogon). We really lack of an international taxonomic body to make a universal agreement on the species status.


Found feeding on a Spiky fig tree (Ficus cucurbitina) in a logged forest. This bird is usually found on fig trees.


This was part of a few days observation made by 1StopBorneo Wildlife team to document the ecological importance of this fig tree as a suitable candidate for reforestation projects.

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Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jul 6, 2020
Submitted on Nov 27, 2020

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