Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Brown-breasted Barbet (Pogonornis melanopterus)


Taxonomy

French: Barbican à poitrine brune German: Braunbrust-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo pechipardo
Taxonomy:

Pogonias (Laimodon) melanopterus

W. K. H. Peters

, 1854,

Mocimboa, Mozambique

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Related to P. minor (with P. macclounii); also to the P. bidentatus group, which includes that species along with P. dubius and P. rolleti. Paler brown Somalian birds sometimes separated as race didymus, but in fresh plumage they are dark, as are those from farther S, so separation not justified. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Somalia S, mainly in coastal region, to SC Mozambique, ranging inland along rivers, more so in S, reaching to EC Kenya, CS Tanzania and N & SE Malawi; inland populations often disjunct.

Descriptive notes

c. 19 cm; 45–61 g. Long-tailed barbet with pale bill. Male with head red, giving way to brown on breast and back, lower back mostly white; thighs blackish, conspicuous... read more

Voice

No song, equivalent perhaps is “nyekk” or “rrakk”, singly, or up to 10 at 1 per second; sometimes... read more

Habitat

Inhabits forest patches and partly cut-over areas, as well as forest edges, cultivated trees,... read more

Food and feeding

Relatively little known. Feeds on insects (including hymenopterans), and also on figs, cultivated fruits and diverse other fruits and... read more

Breeding

Nov–Jun, also Aug; has 2 broods in places, in captivity breeds up to 3 times a year. Usually breeds in social groups of up to 7,... read more

Movements

Resident; largely sedentary, but may wander some distance along rivers.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. No data available on numbers; groups in mixed cultivation and woodland along roads at intervals of c. 300–500 m. Breeds in Liwonde National... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2017). Brown-breasted Barbet (Pogonornis melanopterus). 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/56024 on 23 August 2017).