French: Barbican blanc German: Zweifarb-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo canoso
C & SC Kenya.
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
Song (and “greeting ceremony” by two or more individuals) is a chattering, wheezy and noisy “chee-... read more
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.
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
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
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