Barbets, Woodpeckers and Trogans

Featured species include Asian barbets (Megalaimidae), woodpeckers (Picidae) together with the trogons (Trogonidae). The gallery features barbets, woodpeckers and trogans photographed in a forest, woodland, and garden habitat.

Barbets, Woodpeckers and Trogans

Barbet, Woodpecker and Trogan Notes

Except for the red-crowned barbet, which is ‘Red List 2019’ 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. The perched coppersmith and lineated barbets were near their nesting holes. The red-crowned barbet was foraging at the edge of secondary forest.

Woodpeckers are global birds, although absent from Australasia. Their primary 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.

Barbet, Woodpecker and Trogan Taxonomy

J Boyd Taxonomy in Flux places Asian barbets (Megalaimidae) and woodpeckers (Picidae) in Piciformes while the trogons (Trogonidae) belongs to Trogoniformes. Trogoniformes is sister to the Bucerotiformes, Coraciiformes and Piciformes Clade. Order Coraciiformes includes the kingfishers (Alcedinidae) and their allies, the bee-eater (Meropidae) and roller (Coraciidae) families, see Kingfishers and Allies.

The Lanbirds I Webpage describes the higher-level taxonomy for the barbets, woodpeckers and trogans families.