French: Barbican de Whyte German: Spiegelbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo especulado
Subspecies and Distribution
S. w. whytii
(Shelley, 1893) – Whyte’s Barbet – SC Tanzania to Mozambique and SE Malawi.
S. w. stresemanni
(Grote, 1934) – SW corner of Tanzania and adjacent NE Zambia.
S. w. terminata
(Clancey, 1956) – highlands around Iringa, in S Tanzania.
S. w. angoniensis
(Benson, 1964) – E Zambia to SW Malawi.
S. w. sowerbyi
Sharpe, 1898 – Sowerby’s Barbet – E Zimbabwe to extreme S Malawi.
S. w. buttoni
(C. M. N. White, 1945) – NC Zambia and extreme S DRCongo.
c. 19 cm; 51–62·5 g. Brown woodland barbet with white chin and 2 white wing patches. Nominate race has top of head black, spotted with white, white line below... read more
Song is soft series of “hoo” notes, 0·7–1 per second, faster than that of S. anchietae... read more
Brachystegia woodland, partly cleared woods, riverside woods, and gardens, at 750–... read more
Food and feeding
Eats berries, and fruits such as figs, masuku (Uapaca kirkiana) and others; also insects, including ants, termites, grasshoppers,... read more
Aug–Jan, mainly Oct–Dec. Nests in groups, with helpers, group containing up to 6 birds, nests sometimes as close together as... read more
Resident and sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Somewhat adaptable, can exist in patches of woodland where considerable clearance has been carried out, so long as trees that are suitable for... read more
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