Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Brown-faced Barbet (Pogonornis minor)


Taxonomy

French: Barbican de Levaillant German: Rosenbauch-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo frentirrojo occidental
Other common names: Black-backed Barbet (when lumped with P. macclounii)
Taxonomy:

Pogonias minor

Cuvier

, 1816,

north Angola

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Along with P. macclounii, with which usually considered conspecific, related both to P. melanopterus and to the P. bidentatus group, latter including that species, P. dubius and P. rolleti. Differs from macclounii in characters indicated under that species (below). Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Gabon to W DRCongo and S to WC Angola.

Descriptive notes

19·5–21 cm; 40–57 g. Long-tailed, pale-billed barbet with much white in plumage. Male has red forehead and forecrown, blackish lores, rest of head brown;... read more

Voice

Not known to differ from P. macclounii.

Habitat

Requirements and preferences much like those of P. macclounii.

Food and feeding

No known differences from P. macclounii.

Breeding

Very poorly studied compared to P. macclounii, but season is Aug–Dec; also later, to Apr, in Gabon and Zaire. Most... read more

Movements

Resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Appears to be scarce to locally more common, e.g. described as not uncommon in Angola. Adaptable, occurs in gardens, but requires suitable nesting... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Brown-faced Barbet (Pogonornis minor). 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/56025 on 18 October 2017).