Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Double-toothed Barbet (Pogonornis bidentatus)


French: Barbican bidenté German: Doppelzahn-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo bidentado

Bucco bidentatus


, 1799,



Relationship with P. dubius and P. rolleti indicated by plumage pattern and by sexual dimorphism in flank pattern; also related, but less closely, to P. minor (with P. macclounii) and P. melanopterus. Races only slightly differentiated; also, proposed races friedmanni (from S Cameroon to Cabinda, N Angola) and aethiops (Ethiopia) now included within aequatorialis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. b. bidentatus (Shaw, 1799) – Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E to C Cameroon.
  • P. b. aequatorialis (Shelley, 1889) – E Cameroon E to C Ethiopia, S to NW Angola, N DRCongo, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 23 cm; 65–91 g. Large, white-billed red and black barbet. Male nominate race glossy black above, with small white patch on lower back, narrow red wingbar; face and... read more


    Song a buzzy trill of doubled notes at 23–35 per second for up to 15 seconds; pair-members... read more


    Forest understorey, particularly at edges and around clearings, also secondary forest, streamside... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats fruits and arthropods: avocados, figs, fruits of Musanga, papayas, red peppers, palm nuts; and ants, beetles, Hemiptera,... read more


    Season long, perhaps all year in many areas; more often Nov–May in W Africa, also Apr–Nov in Cameroon, Gabon, Ethiopia and... read more


    Resident and sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, and reasonably common almost everywhere in range; locally common in Sierra Leone; uncommon and local in Nigeria; fairly common in Kenya;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2020). Double-toothed Barbet (Pogonornis bidentatus). 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 19 February 2020).