French: Barbican à poitrine rouge German: Furchenschnabel-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo pechirrojo
J. F. Gmelin
W Sahel from N Senegambia and Guinea-Bissau E to SW Chad, S to Guinea, C Ivory Coast, C Ghana, Togo and Benin, C Nigeria, C Cameroon and NW Central African Republic.
c. 25·5 cm; 80–108 g. Distinctive, large, red, black and white barbet with big yellow bill. Male glossy black above, with white patch on lower back; black hair-... read more
Song not known; has “krawk” or “caw” notes, noisy but less grating than in... read more
Occurs around trees in dry areas, including in Acacia, baobabs (Adansonia digitata... read more
Food and feeding
Almost unknown. Groups move from fruiting tree to fruiting tree, readily clipping fruits with powerful bill; presumably takes insects as... read more
May–Sept in W, also Dec in Niger and Ghana; Feb–Jul or to Sept farther E in Nigeria and Cameroon. Social, in groups of up to 5... read more
Resident and apparently sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in Senegambia, common in Nigeria, and thought to be at least locally common elsewhere, although no data on numbers. Clearing of trees,... read more
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