Black-banded Barbet Psilopogon javensis


Justification of Red List Category
This species is considered Near Threatened as it is likely to be declining moderately rapidly within its moderately small range primarily as a result of on-going habitat loss and degradation, as well as trapping pressure.

Population justification
The population size of this species has not been quantified, but it has been described as often common.

Trend justification
A moderately rapid population decline is suspected to be occurring as a result of continuing habitat loss and degradation, as well as the potential effects of trapping for the cage bird trade.

Distribution and population

This species is endemic to Java and Bali, Indonesia, where it is widespread and often common in suitable habitat, although this is now highly fragmented (BirdLife International 2001).


This species inhabits open evergreen and hill forest, including teak forest, open woodland and woodland fragments. It is found mostly in the lowlands, but locally to 1,500 m asl.


Forest destruction in the lowlands of Java and Bali has been extremely extensive as a result of logging and conversion to agriculture. It is also sometimes trapped and traded as a cage-bird.

Conservation actions

Conservation Actions Underway
No targeted conservation actions are known for this species, though it does occur several National Parks, such as Gunung Gede and Gunung Halimun (Jihad, Burung Indonesia in litt. 2016).

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct repeated surveys across the species's range to determine the magnitude of declines and rates of range contraction. Conduct ecological studies to determine precise habitat requirements, tolerance of secondary habitats and response to fragmentation. Protect areas of suitable habitat. Raise awareness of the species and its status in an effort to reduce trapping.


Text account compilers
Gilroy, J., Westrip, J., Taylor, J., Benstead, P.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Psilopogon javensis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/03/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/03/2021.