Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Togo Yellow-billed Barbet (Trachylaemus togoensis)


French: Barbican du Togo German: Silberbrust-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo piquigualdo de Togo

Trachylaemus togoensis


, 1892,

Konkoa, Togo


Hitherto considered conspecific with T. goffinii and T. purpuratus, but differs from former in characters indicated under that species, and from latter in its grey vs yellow around eye (3); much brighter red on forecrown, extending onto supercilium and ear-coverts (3); all-yellow vs yellow-spotted black belly and flanks (3); bright pinkish-white (black-centred) streaking vs long pinky-silvery streaking on breast (ns[2]); blackish-green vs blackish-blue gloss on hindcrown to mantle (ns[1]). Monotypic.


Extreme E Ghana to SW Nigeria.

Descriptive notes

23–24 cm. A striking black, red, yellow and white barbet, with dark silvery-pink throat, yellow bill, dull olive-green orbital skin, deep red to orange-red or red-brown eye,... read more


Song said to be identical to that of T. purpuratus.


No known differences from T. purpuratus and T. goffinii.

Food and feeding

Nothing known of the species’ diet, but presumably not dissimilar to that of T. purpuratus and T. goffinii. Foraging... read more


Season Jan–Jul in Togo. Nothing else known, but most aspects of ecology are presumably similar to T. purpuratus.


Resident, and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Population size unquantified, but inhabits large range estimated at 254,000 km². Requires forest with dense undergrowth; after forest clearance,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Togo Yellow-billed Barbet (Trachylaemus togoensis). 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 16 January 2019).