French: Barbican à tête blanche German: Weißkopf-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo cabeciblanco
White Nile in extreme South Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
L. l. adamauae
Reichenow, 1921 – N & C Nigeria E to S Chad, W Central African Republic and NW DRCongo.
L. l. leucocephalus
(Defilippi, 1853) – perhaps E Central African Republic, and South Sudan and NE DRCongo to NW Tanzania and WC Kenya.
L. l. albicauda
(Shelley, 1881) – SW & S Kenya to N Tanzania.
L. l. lynesi
C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1938 – C Tanzania.
18–19·5 cm; 45–80·5 g. Distinctive large-bodied, white-headed barbet with much white elsewhere in plumage. Both sexes of nominate race white, apart... read more
Group “greeting ceremonies” with and without ensuing song, varying racially, with noisy... read more
Open woodland, streamside trees, bushland with trees, open areas with fig or other fruiting trees,... read more
Food and feeding
Diverse fruits, including cultivated guavas and others, and figs, and berries; also insects, including termites, flies, ants and others.... read more
Feb–Jun in N, also Aug–Dec in Kenya (before and after rainy seasons), Dec–Mar in parts of Tanzania and Uganda (but also... read more
Resident; usually sedentary, but wandering occurs (usually following fruiting trees).
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Nigeria; locally fairly common in Kenya and Tanzania, albeit with some evidence of a range contraction in the extreme SE of the first-... read more
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