French: Barbican oreillard German: Weißohr-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo orejiblanco común
Megalæma [sic] leucotis
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. l. kilimensis
(Shelley, 1889) – CE & SE Kenya to NE Tanzania.
S. l. leucotis
(Sundevall, 1850) – Malawi and Mozambique S to Swaziland and E South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal).
c. 17–18 cm; 48–63 g. Dark brown woodland barbet with white belly and dark head; eyes brown with grey-black orbital skin, legs and feet black to grey-brown, with... read more
Especially noisy in groups. Various harsh “skreek” calls (usually 3–4 per second... read more
Moist primary and secondary forest, including Brachystegia and Uapaca, forest... read more
Food and feeding
Diet comprises fruits, including figs (Ficus, which are considered particularly important), guavas, pawpaws, mangoes, juniper,... read more
Lays Jun–Jan in all areas, in N after main rains (Aug–Oct). Social nester. Courtship feeding occurs (even after young hatch);... read more
Generally resident, and sedentary, but occasional wandering has been recorded, e.g. in Malawi,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Little information on status; apparently common at least in NE Tanzania, but local and uncommon in Kenya; said to occur in Taita Hills in SE Kenya,... read more
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