French: Barbican promépic German: Haubenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo crestado
south-east Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. v. suahelicus
Reichenow, 1887 – C Angola, S & E DRCongo and SW Uganda to N Tanzania, S to Zambia, N Zimbabwe, Malawi and C Mozambique.
T. v. vaillantii
Ranzani, 1821 – S Angola, NE Namibia (Caprivi Strip), N & E Botswana, S Zimbabwe, and from S Mozambique S to E South Africa.
22–23 cm; 57–85 g. Distinct crest and unique white, yellow, red and black colour pattern. Nominate race has black and white area around ear opening, yellow and... read more
Distinctive trilling “di-di-di-” song with 10–17 notes per second for up to 5... read more
Woodland and thickets, especially where there are termite mounds, also plantations, including pines... read more
Food and feeding
Fruits and seeds, including those of guavas, figs and berries; also insects, such as grasshoppers and locusts, various beetles, wasps,... read more
Sept–Mar in all areas; earlier, to Aug, in South Africa; up to 4 broods in a season in S. Courtship feeding and bill-touching with... read more
Typically sedentary; may sometimes move some distance, and disperse along watercourses in arid... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common; density can reach c. 5 pairs/100 ha in some woodland areas. Adaptable, aggressive barbet where not persecuted; some individuals are... read more
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