Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

D'Arnaud's Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii)


French: Barbican d’Arnaud German: Ohrfleck-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo de d’Arnaud

Micropogon darnaudii

Prévost and Des Murs

, 1847,

Kordofan, south Sudan


Related to T. margaritatus and allied species. Usually treated as conspecific with T. usambiro and T. emini (which see). Nominate includes proposed race zedlitzi (L Baringo, Kenya). Two subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. d. darnaudii (Prévost & Des Murs, 1850) – SE South Sudan and SW Ethiopia S to NE & W#R Uganda and WC Kenya.
  • T. d. boehmi G. A. Fischer & Reichenow, 1884 – S & E Ethiopia and S Somalia S to EC & SE Kenya and NE Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    16–19 cm; 17–39 g. Rather distinctive. Nominate race brown, black, yellow and orange, speckled and streaked; white spots on brown back and tail, speckled head... read more


    Complex repertoire, duet varies within and between races; two duet roles not absolutely assignable... read more


    Open areas, wooded grassland, open woods, bushland, degraded shrubby grassland and pasture,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Omnivorous: diverse fruits and berries, including Grewia, and their seeds, also insects of many kinds (ants, termites,... read more


    Feb–Aug and Oct in Sudan and Ethiopia to NE Tanzania, or May–Oct in NE Uganda (perhaps even Nov in SW Ethiopia), greatly... read more


    Resident and sedentary, with local movements only.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Not uncommon throughout range; often common, even around villages, where frequently observed seeking food. Present in several protected areas, e.g.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). D'Arnaud's Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii). 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).