Yellow-fronted Barbet Psilopogon flavifrons


Taxonomic note
Psilopogon flavifrons (del Hoyo and Collar 2014) was previously placed in the genus Megalaima.

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type Average mass -

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 26,300
Number of locations -
Severely Fragmented -
Population and trend
Value Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Stable suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Percentage in largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 8.5 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be generally common (del Hoyo et al. 2002).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
India N Extant Yes
Sri Lanka N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Sri Lanka Agrapatana-Bopaththalawa
Sri Lanka Amanawala
Sri Lanka Ayagama
Sri Lanka Bambarabotuwa
Sri Lanka Beraliya-Akurassa
Sri Lanka Beraliya-Kudagala
Sri Lanka Delgoda / Kudumiriya / Kobahadukanda
Sri Lanka Dellawa / Diyadawa
Sri Lanka Delmella
Sri Lanka Delwela / Panilkanda / Walankanda
Sri Lanka Dotalugala / Rassagala
Sri Lanka Gilimale-Eratna
Sri Lanka Hakgala / Meepilimana
Sri Lanka Haycock / Habarakada
Sri Lanka Horton plains / Ohiya / Pattipola-Ambewela
Sri Lanka Kalugala
Sri Lanka Kandapola-Seethaeliya / Pedro
Sri Lanka Karawita
Sri Lanka Kithulgala
Sri Lanka Knuckles Range (Knuckles IBA)
Sri Lanka Kombala-Kottawa
Sri Lanka Labugama
Sri Lanka Malambure
Sri Lanka Morapitiya-Runakanda
Sri Lanka Mulatiyana
Sri Lanka Nakiyadeniya / Kanneliya / Dediyagala
Sri Lanka Namunukula
Sri Lanka Neugalkanda
Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya
Sri Lanka Peak Wilderness Sanctuary
Sri Lanka Rammalkanda
Sri Lanka Morningside and Handapan Ella Plains (Sinharaja IBA)
Sri Lanka Tangamalai
Sri Lanka Udawattakele
Sri Lanka Waratalgoda
Sri Lanka Yagirala

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane major resident
Wetlands (inland) Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) suitable resident
Altitude 0 - 2000 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Psilopogon flavifrons. Downloaded from on 23/03/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/03/2023.