Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Bristle-nosed Barbet (Gymnobucco peli)


French: Barbican à narines emplumées German: Borstenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo de pinceles

Gymnobucco Peli


, 1857,

Dabocrom, Ghana


Closely related to G. sladeni; both also rather close to G. calvus. Monotypic.


S Sierra Leone E to S Cameroon, Congo and W DRCongo and S to Gabon and Cabinda (N Angola).

Descriptive notes

c. 17 cm; 41–63 g. Male brown, with bare blackish-grey head; pale bristly tufts around base of bill; secondaries and tertials narrowly edged yellowish; bill yellow to... read more


Series up to 5 seconds long of soft hoots; “pyew” notes pitched higher than those of... read more


Primary and dense secondary forest and nearby fruiting trees, riverine swamps in high forest, also... read more

Food and feeding

Fruits and insects. Hangs in manner of tit (Paridae) to secure fruits. Feeds in fruiting trees with often more common G. bonapartei... read more


Apparently Sept–Jan in Liberia, Nov–Dec in Ghana, May–Jun in Nigeria, most of year but especially in dry season in... read more


Resident, and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status uncertain. Little known, and possibly overlooked; easily confused with G. calvus and G. bonapartei; further information... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2019). Bristle-nosed Barbet (Gymnobucco peli). 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 23 September 2019).