Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Grey-throated Barbet (Gymnobucco bonapartei)


French: Barbican à gorge grise German: Trauerbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo gorjigrís

Gymnobucco Bonapartei


, 1854,



Hitherto considered conspecific with G. cinereiceps. Monotypic.


W Cameroon, Gabon and SW Congo#R E to SW & EC DRCongo and S to NE Angola#R.

Descriptive notes

16·5–17·5 cm; 45 g. Forehead and forecrown greyish-black with yellowish streak-like spots, hindcrown, nape, neck sides and ear-coverts grey-brown,... read more


Generally less vocal than other Gymnobucco. Loud “whew”, “whee-ew... read more


Primary, secondary and riverine forest, forest patches, overgrown plantations, pastures near forest... read more

Food and feeding

Diverse fruits and berries, such as figs, and those of Allophyllus, Ficus, Musanga, Macaranga, ... read more


Lays Jan–Aug in Cameroon, Nov–Feb in Gabon, Sept–Jul in forest area of Congo and W Zaire, and Mar–Dec in S Zaire.... read more


Resident; dependent largely on fruiting trees, moves some distance to them.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread, somewhat adaptable, and relatively abundant, though considered rare in NE Angola (Lunda Norte). Threats involve removal of dead trees,... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Grey-throated Barbet (Gymnobucco bonapartei). 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 18 September 2019).