French: Barbican olivâtre German: Olivbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo oliváceo
Rabai, south-east Kenya
Subspecies and Distribution
C. o. olivacea
(Shelley, 1880) – Green Barbet – SE Kenya and NE Tanzania.
C. o. howelli
(Jensen & Stuart, 1982) – Udzungwe and Mahenge Mts, in C Tanzania.
C. o. rungweensis
(Benson, 1948) – highlands of SW Tanzania and N Malawi.
C. o. woodwardi
(Shelley, 1895) – Woodward’s Barbet – disjunctly in SE Tanzania (Rondo Plateau) and E South Africa (Ngoye Forest, in E KwaZulu-Natal).
C. o. belcheri
(W. L. Sclater, 1927) – Thyolo Barbet – NW Mozambique (Mt Namuli) and S Malawi (Mt Thyolo).
17–18 cm; 40–60 g. Generally olive-green, unpatterned barbet. Nominate race has forehead to nape blackish brown, ear-coverts greyer; hint of yellow-green area... read more
Song up to 30 (sometimes as few as four) loud “chowp” notes introduced by “chuk... read more
Wet to dry forest and dense to open woodland, and in Kenya Brachystegia woodland, using... read more
Food and feeding
Takes fruits such as figs, Flagellaria guineensis and many others, e.g. Celtis gomphophylla (Ulmaceae), including berries... read more
Sept–Apr generally, mainly Sept–Jan in S (e.g. Oct–Dec in Malawi). Social, nests in groups of up to eight within... read more
Resident and sedentary, although race belcheri has wandered N of Mt Thyolo, to Bvumbwe, a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in coastal Kenya, where recorded in c. 75% of forest fragments surveyed in mid-1990s and shows some adaptation to Brachystegia forest... read more
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