Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Usambiro Barbet (Trachyphonus usambiro)


Taxonomy

French: Barbican masaï German: Usambirobartvogel Spanish: Barbudo usambiro
Taxonomy:

Trachyphonus darnaudii usambiro

Neumann

, 1908,

Usambiro, Tanzania

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Usually treated as conspecific with T. darnaudii and T. emini, but differs from former in its considerably longer wing (effect size vs T. d. boehmi 5.89; score 3), shorter tail (effect size vs T. d. boehmi –2.24; score 2), darker bill (1), darker upperparts (1), and broader black breastband (2); differs from latter in characters indicated under that species. Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.
Distribution:

SW Kenya to CN Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 37–50·5 g. Brown, black, yellow and orange, speckled and streaked; white spots on brown back and tail, speckled head with some yellow; small black throat patch... read more

Voice

Vocally distinctive, compared to the previously conspecific T. darnaudii and T. emini... read more

Habitat

Open areas, bushland, degraded shrubby grassland and pasture, favouring old “manyattas... read more

Food and feeding

No known differences from T. arnaudii.

Breeding

No known differences from T. darnaudii, but season probably even more prolonged (perhaps even year-round), though probably varying... read more

Movements

Resident and sedentary, with local movements only.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not uncommon throughout range; present in several protected areas, e.g. Masai Mara Game Reserve (Kenya), and Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks (... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Usambiro Barbet (Trachyphonus usambiro). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/467444 on 15 December 2017).