French: Barbican à diadème German: Diadembartvogel Spanish: Barbudo diademado
upper White Nile, Ethiopia
Subspecies and Distribution
T. d. diademata
(Heuglin, 1861) – SE South Sudan and NC Ethiopia S to SE Uganda and C Kenya.
T. d. massaica
(Reichenow, 1887) – SC Kenya S to SW & C Tanzania.
16–17 cm; 22–25 g. Small, short-tailed barbet with black, white and yellow plumage, prominent notch on bill tomia. Male of nominate race has red forehead, yellow... read more
Primary song slow to fast series of up to 20 “hoop” notes, usually 4–6 per second... read more
Occupies woodland such as Acacia and Combretum woods, but also wooded grassland... read more
Food and feeding
Eats fruits such as those of Carissa edulis, Euclea, Grewia and others, also tendrils of vines and thistle-like... read more
Jan–Sept in most areas, also Nov–Mar in N Tanzania. Singing posture with bill pointing down, rump and throat feathers erected;... read more
Resident and sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Kenya and N Tanzania. Numbers seem to be stable. Species is somewhat adaptable, as it frequents degraded habitats that retain potential... read more
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