Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Pale-throated Barbet (Gymnobucco vernayi)


French: Barbican de Vernay German: Angola-Glatzenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo calvo gorjiblanco

Gymnobucco calvus vernayi


, 1931,

Mombolo, 6000 feet [c. 1825 m], district of Cuanza Sul, Angola


Hitherto considered conspecific with G. calvus, but differs in having chin and malar tufts greatly reduced (allow 2), colour whitish not yellowish (1); dull creamy-white (not pale brownish-grey with whitish streaks) chin and throat but with more extensive whitish streaking on belly and flanks (compound score 3); paler underparts (1); bill colour reportedly “pale pinkish-horn” vs “pale burnt sienna” or “pale brown” (ns). However, the voices of the two taxa (which approach each other as closely as Cuanza Norte and Cuanza Sul) appear identical#R. Monotypic.

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WC Angolan uplands (Cuanza Sul, Benguela and Huambo).

Descriptive notes

c. 18 cm; 52–67 g. Compared to G. calvus, with which this species was previously considered conspecific (see Taxonomy comments), G. vernayi is most like... read more


Apparently identical to that of G. calvus.


Similar to G. calvus.

Food and feeding

No information, but diet and foraging techniques presumably similar to those of G. calvus.


Almost nothing known, other than males in breeding condition were collected at Mt Moco in late Sept.


Resident; shifts foraging sites as different fruiting trees come into fruit.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in the Namba Mts. No overall population estimate, but species inhabits a relatively restricted range (estimated at 37,100 km²) and the... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Pale-throated Barbet (Gymnobucco vernayi). 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 22 January 2019).