French: Barbican funèbre German: Tränenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo lacrimoso
Athi River, central Kenya
Subspecies and Distribution
T. l. lacrymosa
Cabanis, 1878 – NE DRCongo to South Sudan and C Kenya, and S to C Uganda and NE Tanzania.
T. l. radcliffei
Ogilvie-Grant, 1904 – E DRCongo and S Uganda to WC Kenya, S to Burundi and W Tanzania.
T. l. ruahae
Neumann, 1908 – SW & EC Tanzania and NE Zambia.
13–14 cm; 18–27 g. Small black, white and yellow barbet. Male nominate race with white supercilia, blackish upperparts, brown rump with yellow streaks; wing... read more
Song “hoop” notes in series at 1–2 per second, in interactions to 4 per second;... read more
Inhabits wet woodland, wetter areas in dry woodland, also riverine woods, patches of forest and... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on fruits of many kinds, e.g. mistletoe (Loranthus) berries, Ficus and Cordia; also takes various types of... read more
Generally Sept–May, or Jul, usually in dry period before or after rains. Usually in pairs, occasionally trios. Male cocks tail, and... read more
Resident and sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. No information on numbers or densities; locally common in Kenya and Tanzania. Where competition from larger barbets is intense, nests in thin stubs... read more
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