Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Near Threatened

Red-faced Barbet (Lybius rubrifacies)


French: Barbican à face rouge German: Rotgesicht-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo carirrojo

Pogonorhynchus rubrifacies


, 1892,

Biharamulo, north-west Tanzania


Related to L. leucocephalus group through L. chaplini, the combined group being fairly close to L. vieilloti; also related to L. guifsobalito and L. torquatus. Distinct from all, however, in morphology; duet form nearest to that of L. chaplini, but songs of male and female of present species differ, as they do in L. guifsobalito. Monotypic.


SW Uganda, E Rwanda, E Burundi and NW Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

17·5–18·5 cm. Both sexes entirely brown-black, except for red face and yellow edges of flight-feathers; bill grey to horn-coloured. Differs from L.... read more


Group greeting ceremonies with grating, “skizzy” notes, “eh” notes and... read more


Inhabits woodland, including Acacia polyacantha woods along lakes and streams, and also... read more

Food and feeding

Diet composed of figs and other fruits, and undetermined insects. Flycatches for insects at times, and plucks fruits from foliage of... read more


Gonadal data of specimens indicate breeding in Feb–Mar and Oct. Social, in groups of up to 7. Tail-cocking, gliding-floating flight... read more


Resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Has smallest range of any African barbet. Perhaps locally common, but total population small. Status uncertain... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2017). Red-faced Barbet (Lybius rubrifacies). 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).