Barbets, Woodpeckers and Trogans

Barbets, Woodpeckers and Trogans

Featured species include Asian barbets (Megalaimidae)1 and woodpeckers (Picidae) families placed in the Piciformes order together with the trogons (Trogonidae) family from the Trogoniformes order. Trogoniformes2 is sister to the Bucerotiformes, Coraciiformes and Piciformes Clade3. Order Coraciiformes includes the kingfishers (Alcedinidae) and their allies, the bee-eater (Meropidae) and roller (Coraciidae) families, see Kingfishers and Allies.

Barbets, Woodpeckers and Trogans

Barbet, Woodpecker and Trogan Notes

Except for the red-crowned barbet, which is currently ‘Red List’ assessed as ‘Near Threatened’, all other species are ‘Red List’ assessed as ‘Least Concern’.

Asian barbets required forest and wooded habitats, especially where there is dead wood in branches for nesting and roosting. I photographed the coppersmith and lineated barbets perched in the same tree as their nest holes and the red-crowned barbet foraging at the edge of secondary forest.

Woodpeckers are global birds, although absent from Australasia. Their main habitat is forest and woodland including lightly wooded areas, such as parks in urban areas, and rural gardens.

Trogons are pantropical, except for Australasia. One New World species, the violaceus trogon [Guianan trogon], features in the gallery.

1 Traditionally lumped into Capitonidae. Ref: Handbook of the Birds of the World (HBW) Alive (2019). Asian Barbets (Megalaimidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. [Online] Available from: [Accessed 7th June 2019].
2 Trogoniformes is sister to the Bucerotiformes, Coraciiformes, Piciformes clade. Ref: Boyd, J. AFROAVES III Trogoniformes, Bucerotiformes & Coraciiformes [Online] Available from: [Accessed 7th June 2019].
3 Higher classification of birds and the revised sequence of orders. Ref: Gill, F & D Donsker (Eds). (2019). IOC World Bird List (v9.1). doi: 10.14344/IOC.ML.9.1. [online] Available from: and [Accessed 7th June 2019].