Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Emin's Barbet (Trachyphonus emini)


French: Barbican d’Emin German: Eminbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo de Emin

Trachyphonus emini


, 1891,

Mpapwa, Tanzania


Usually treated as conspecific with T. darnaudii and T. usambiro, but differs from former in its considerably longer wing (effect size vs T. d. boehmi 4.32; score 2), shorter tail (effect size vs T. d. boehmi −1.47; score 1), markedly darker upperparts (1), broader black breastband (2), and all-black chin and throat (2). Differs from latter in its yellowy-pink vs greyish bill (2), black vs buffy-white chin and throat (2), black vs spotted crown (2), longer bill and wing (effect sizes 0.58 and 1.93, respectively; score 1) and shorter tail (effect size –0.84; score 1); also lacks distinctive voice of usambiro (3), and has parapatric distribution#R (3). Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

NC Tanzania (E to suburbs of Dar es Salaam).

Descriptive notes

16–19 cm; 32–50 g. Brown, black and yellow, speckled and streaked; white spots on brown back and tail, speckled head; large black throat patch extending to upper breast,... read more


Song apparently identical to T. darnaudii.


Affects similar habitats to T. darnaudii and T. usambiro; found at elevations... read more

Food and feeding

No known differences from T. darnaudii.


Breeding records in Apr, Aug and Nov. No reported differences in biology between this species and T. darnaudii (or T. usambiro... read more


Resident and sedentary, with local movements only.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Global population size unquantified, but reported to be not uncommon throughout its range.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Emin's Barbet (Trachyphonus emini). 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 15 December 2017).