Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Black-breasted Barbet (Pogonornis rolleti)


French: Barbican à poitrine noire German: Schwarzbrust-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo pechinegro

Pogonias Rolleti


, 1853,

upper White Nile in extreme South Sudan


Closely related to P. dubius; both are close to P. bidentatus. Monotypic.


S Chad, NE Central African Republic and SW Sudan and W & C South Sudan S to extreme NE DRCongo and N Uganda.

Descriptive notes

c. 27 cm; 96–105 g. Distinctive, large, big-billed, black, white and red barbet. Male all glossy black, except for white patch on lower back, red belly, white flank... read more


Almost unknown; low, harsh grating note reported, and loud fluttering wing sounds.


E Sahelian areas with woods, thickets and scattered trees, such as trees along watercourses, also... read more

Food and feeding

Diet of fruits, including guavas, mangoes, figs and others; presumably eats insects as well. Foraging behaviour not described, nor has... read more


Feb–Jul, perhaps occasionally later, to Nov, in N; Sept–Dec in N Uganda. Nest excavated in tree, at up to c. 5 m. Eggs... read more


Presumably resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. One of the least well known of all barbets; no information on numbers, probably uncommon or, perhaps, locally more common; ecology and breeding... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2017). Black-breasted Barbet (Pogonornis rolleti). 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 18 December 2017).