French: Barbican à tête rouge German: Flammenkopf-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo cabecirrojo
Ukamba, south-west Kenya
Subspecies and Distribution
T. e. shelleyi
Hartlaub, 1886 – E Ethiopia to NW & S Somalia.
T. e. versicolor
Hartlaub, 1882 – NE Uganda and SE South Sudan to S & CE Ethiopia and N Kenya.
T. e. erythrocephalus
Cabanis, 1878 – C Kenya to NE & NC Tanzania.
20–23 cm; 40–75 g. Very distinctive barbet. Male nominate race has black cap and slight crest, and black throat patch; spotted and streaked red, yellow, white and... read more
Songs “erupt” from greeting ceremony and chorus of all group-members, but only primary... read more
Uneven terrain with outcrops, steep stream channels, or termite mounds in open woodland, wooded... read more
Food and feeding
Figs, other fruits and their seeds, as well as spiders, various insect larvae, beetles, mantids, grasshoppers, locusts, harvestmen,... read more
Feb–Jul in N, also in S, where may breed Sept–Jan; mainly during and after rains. Male of group hops about primary female, male... read more
Mainly sedentary, but wanders; occurs casually S to SC Tanzania, and wanders into range of T.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common throughout range. Group size probably reflects relative health of populations. Dominant over other barbets,... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!