Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Bearded Barbet (Pogonornis dubius)


French: Barbican à poitrine rouge German: Furchenschnabel-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo pechirrojo

Bucco dubius

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

Mopti, Mali


Closely related to P. rolleti; both are close also to P. bidentatus. Monotypic.


W Sahel from N Senegambia and Guinea-Bissau E to SW Chad, S to Guinea, C Ivory Coast, C Ghana, Togo and Benin, C Nigeria, C Cameroon and NW Central African Republic.

Descriptive notes

c. 25·5 cm; 80–108 g. Distinctive, large, red, black and white barbet with big yellow bill. Male glossy black above, with white patch on lower back; black hair-... read more


Song not known; has “krawk” or “caw” notes, noisy but less grating than in... read more


Occurs around trees in dry areas, including in Acacia, baobabs (Adansonia digitata... read more

Food and feeding

Almost unknown. Groups move from fruiting tree to fruiting tree, readily clipping fruits with powerful bill; presumably takes insects as... read more


May–Sept in W, also Dec in Niger and Ghana; Feb–Jul or to Sept farther E in Nigeria and Cameroon. Social, in groups of up to 5... read more


Resident and apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in Senegambia, common in Nigeria, and thought to be at least locally common elsewhere, although no data on numbers. Clearing of trees,... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2017). Bearded Barbet (Pogonornis dubius). 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 11 December 2017).