Barbets, Woodpeckers and Trogans

Featured species include Asian barbets (Megalaimidae), woodpeckers (Picidae) together with the trogons (Trogonidae), see Taxonomy note below. The gallery displays 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 require 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

Barbet, Woodpecker and Trogan include orders Trogoniformes (Trogons) and Piciformes (Barbets and Woodpeckers) both placed in superorder Picimorphae, part of the Afroaves clade. Piciformes featured two families, the Megalaimidae (Asian Barbets) and Picidae (Woodpeckers). I include a single image of a Trogonidae (Trogon) species.