Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Barbet (Lybius leucogaster)


French: Barbican à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo ventriblanco

Pogonorhynchus leucogaster


, 1877,

Quillengues, Benguela


Hitherto considered conspecific with L. leucocephalus and L. senex, but differs from former in its all-white underparts (this producing much more extensive white rump) (3), dark upperparts plain except for white scapular line vs with pale buffy shaft streaks and broad white tips on mantle and wing-coverts (3), and shade paler dark brown upperparts (1); differs from latter in its much purer white head and underparts (2), black vs white tail (3), and white carpal area vs dark brown, with less developed white scapulars (2). Monotypic.

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Highlands of SW Angola (in Huila and Namibe).

Descriptive notes

18–19·5 cm; 55–70 g. Distinctive large-bodied, white-headed barbet with much white elsewhere in plumage. Both sexes white, apart from blackish back and tail, and blackish... read more


Vocalizations appear to be undescribed, versus those of L. leucocephalus and L. senex... read more


Occurs in closed-canopy woodland, riverine woodland and forest patches on the Angolan escarpment,... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing known, beyond brief details of stomach contents: 20 contained fruit, six insects and one held large seeds.


Season Sept–Feb; eggs recorded Sept–Oct, but gonadal data also indicate laying as late as Jan, with juveniles noted between Jan... read more


Generally presumed to be resident and sedentary, although it has been suggested that records (... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. No overall estimate of population is available, but the species is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). White-bellied Barbet (Lybius leucogaster). 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).