Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Anchieta's Barbet (Stactolaema anchietae)


Taxonomy

French: Barbican à tête jaune German: Strohkopf-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo de Anchieta
Taxonomy:

Buccanodon anchietae

Bocage

, 1869,

Caconda, south-west Angola

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Closely related to S. whytii. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. a. katangae (Vincent, 1934) – NE Angola, S DRCongo, and NW, NC & EC Zambia.
  • S. a. rex (Neumann, 1908) – WC Angola.
  • S. a. anchietae (Bocage, 1869) – SC Angola E to near Zambian border.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm; 36–54 g. Brown woodland barbet with yellow markings on head. Nominate race with pale yellow forehead, crown, face and chin, blackish-brown hind­... read more

    Voice

    Soft song of “hoo” notes, slightly higher-pitched than in S. whytii and usually slower... read more

    Habitat

    Brachystegia woodland, wooded clearings, riverine woods, and edges of forest, always where... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats fruits, including figs, Uapaca kirkiana and U. nitida, and others; also termites, grasshoppers such as rare ... read more

    Breeding

    Jul–Nov; in S Zaire nests in rainy season, Jan–Jun. Social, groups of up to 6 at a nest. Nest excavated at 2–10 m in stub... read more

    Movements

    Resident and sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. No reliable details on numbers, but appears to be locally common. Seems tolerant of some clearing of woodland, but dependence on dead wood and fruits... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2017). Anchieta's Barbet (Stactolaema anchietae). 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. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/55999 on 18 August 2017).