Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Anchieta's Barbet (Stactolaema anchietae)


French: Barbican à tête jaune German: Strohkopf-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo de Anchieta

Buccanodon anchietae


, 1869,

Caconda, south-west Angola


Closely related to S. whytii. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. a. katangae (Vincent, 1934) – NE Angola, S DRCongo, and NW, NC & EC Zambia.
  • S. a. rex (Neumann, 1908) – WC Angola.
  • S. a. anchietae (Bocage, 1869) – SC Angola E to near Zambian border.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm; 36–54 g. Brown woodland barbet with yellow markings on head. Nominate race with pale yellow forehead, crown, face and chin, blackish-brown hind­... read more


    Soft song of “hoo” notes, slightly higher-pitched than in S. whytii and usually slower... read more


    Brachystegia woodland, wooded clearings, riverine woods, and edges of forest, always where... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats fruits, including figs, Uapaca kirkiana and U. nitida, and others; also termites, grasshoppers such as rare ... read more


    Jul–Nov; in S Zaire nests in rainy season, Jan–Jun. Social, groups of up to 6 at a nest. Nest excavated at 2–10 m in stub... read more


    Resident and sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. No reliable details on numbers, but appears to be locally common. Seems tolerant of some clearing of woodland, but dependence on dead wood and fruits... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2019). Anchieta's Barbet (Stactolaema anchietae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 September 2019).