French: Barbican barré German: Wellenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo etíope
Simien Province, central Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
L. u. thiogaster
Neumann, 1903 – far NE Ethiopia and Eritrea.
L. u. undatus
(Rüppell, 1837) – NW to C Ethiopia.
L. u. leucogenys
(Blundell & Lovat, 1899) – SC to SW Ethiopia.
L. u. salvadorii
Neumann, 1903 – SE Ethiopia.
16–17·5 cm; 35·5–42 g. Small barbet with red forehead. Both sexes of nominate race with black head, upper mantle and breast, white line behind eye,... read more
Only vocalizations reported are “gr-gr-grgrgr-” notes and “tock” or “... read more
Woodland, bushland, and streamside trees, at 300–3040 m.
Food and feeding
Fruits, including figs, and insects, including beetles and cockchafers, have been noted. Flycatches for insects; moves through trees and... read more
Probably Jan–Jun. Birds encountered in pairs only, likely to be territorial throughout year. Nest a cavity in branch or stub of tree... read more
Resident and sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very poorly known, and few data on populations; thought to be commoner in S of range. Probably competes with similarly sized L. guifsobalito... read more
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