French: Barbican à tête noire German: Schwarzkopf-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo cabecinegro
Subspecies and Distribution
T. m. melanocephala
(Cretzschmar, 1829) – Black-throated Barbet – Eritrea, N & C Ethiopia, Djibouti and NW Somalia.
T. m. stigmatothorax
Cabanis, 1878 – E South Sudan, S Ethiopia and S Somalia S to C Tanzania.
T. m. blandi
E. L. Phillips, 1897 – CN & NE Somalia.
T. m. flavibuccalis
Reichenow, 1893 – Yellow-cheeked Barbet – NC Tanzania (Seronera region and Wembere steppes).
12–13 cm; 17–25 g. Small black and white barbet. Both sexes of nominate race with white supercilia, glossy black above with yellow spots and streaks, wing... read more
Very vocal, large repertoire; has “kaaa” instead of “hoop” song, and... read more
Very dry woodland, brushland, scrubland, including desert with some cover; in drier areas at lower... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including various larvae, flies and termites; also fruits, as of Ficus, Grewia, Salvadora and ... read more
Feb–Jun in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania; also Jul–Aug and Nov–Dec in parts of Kenya and Tanzania. Breeds in pairs,... read more
Resident and sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. No information on numbers, but appears at least locally common; fairly common in Kenya and Tanzania; very uncommon in NE Somalia. May benefit from... read more
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