French: Barbican de Vieillot German: Blutbrust-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo sangrante
Subspecies and Distribution
L. v. buchanani
E. J. O. Hartert, 1924 – S Mauritania and Mali E to S Chad, and S to S Sahel region (E to NC Nigeria).
L. v. rubescens
(Temminck, 1823) – Sahel fringe from Gambia and Sierra Leone E to C Nigeria, C Cameroon, Central African Republic and NC DRCongo, reaching coast from Ivory Coast to Nigeria.
L. v. vieilloti
(Leach, 1815) – C & E Sudan, NW Ethiopia and N Eritrea#R S to NE DRCongo, South Sudan and W Ethiopia.
c. 16 cm; 31–43 g. Distinctive red, brown and yellow barbet with strong bill and short-tailed, dumpy appearance. Both sexes of nominate race with red head, blackish... read more
Song by 1 or 2 of group an “ope-ope-” at intervals of c. 1·4 seconds, others of... read more
Wooded grassland, forest-grassland mosaic, open woods, streamside trees, forest edges and... read more
Food and feeding
Eats fruits, such as those of Ziziphus mauritiana, gourds (Coccinea grandis), Butyrospermum, mistletoe (... read more
Apr–Sept generally; also later in year in W (after rains); also Jan in Liberia. Nest excavated in dead branch or stub, often in... read more
Resident; largely sedentary, but post-breeding groups sometimes move around beyond usual territory... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; common in Sierra Leone; in Liberia, 20–35 pairs/km², with inselbergs cleared for agriculture holding single pairs. Loss of... read more
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