Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Brown-and-white Barbet (Lybius senex)


Taxonomy

French: Barbican blanc German: Zweifarb-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo canoso
Taxonomy:

Pogonorhynchus senex

Reichenow

, 1887,

Ukamba, Kenya

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Hitherto considered conspecific with L. leucocephalus, but differs in its entirely white underparts (3), unspotted dark greyish-brown upperparts (3), chattering song (at least 1 and probably 3); also, distribution parapatric with that of L. l. albicauda (3). For differences from L. leucogaster, see under that species. Monotypic.

Distribution:

C & SC Kenya.

Descriptive notes

18–19·5 cm; 45–75 g. Distinctive large-bodied, white-headed barbet with much white elsewhere in plumage. Both sexes white, apart from blackish back and wings; black bill with... read more

Voice

Song (and “greeting ceremony” by two or more individuals) is a chattering, wheezy and noisy “chee-... read more

Habitat

Open bushed and wooded habitats, mainly in highlands and peripheral plateaux, up to 2000 m.

Food and feeding

No known differences from L. leucocephalus; fruits consumed include Ficus hochstetteri.

Breeding

Breeds Feb and Apr–Nov (before and after rainy seasons). Nests in groups, but also pairs. Elaborate greeting calls, songs, tapping at nest... read more

Movements

Resident; usually sedentary, but wandering occurs; vagrant to near sea-level in Kenya.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common within overall range of 84,800 km² (mainly E of Rift Valley, at Meru, Embu, Nairobi, Thika, Kitui and Chyulu Hills). No population... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Brown-and-white Barbet (Lybius senex). 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/467450 on 23 August 2017).