French: Barbion à moustaches German: Bergbartvogel Spanish: Barbudito bigotudo
Other common names:
Sotik, west Kenya
Subspecies and Distribution
P. l. leucomystax
(Sharpe, 1892) – extreme E Uganda (Mt Elgon) and C Kenya S in highlands to NE Tanzania.
P. l. meridionalis
(Ripley & Heinrich, 1969) – S Tanzania to Malawi mountains W of Rift Valley.
c. 9·5 cm; 8–14·5 g. Active small, green barbet. Both sexes dark olive-green above, with bright yellow rump; distinctive white malar stripe and dark lores... read more
Song, by male or female, a short to long piping trill at 6–20 notes per second, slow to... read more
Generally in forest with dense undergrowth in mountains, but ranges from small remnant patches of... read more
Food and feeding
Eats fruits and berries, especially mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae, including Engleriha inequilatera); also flycatches for... read more
May–Jun and Aug–Jan in N, thus in either of 2 rainy seasons; mainly Oct–Nov in S; in Malawi, 2 broods in a year, with 2-... read more
Resident; largely sedentary, with local dispersal and perhaps shifts to breeding areas (forest... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. The most widespread member of its superspecies, and the only one showing some adaptability. Locally common; fairly common to scarce in Kenya; less... read more
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