Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

White-lined Barbet (Stactolaema leucogrammica)


French: Barbican ligné German: Weißstrichel-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo orejiblanco tanzano

Buccanodon leucogrammicum


, 1915,

Sanyi, Mahenge, Tanzania


Sometimes placed in genus Smilorhis. Hitherto considered conspecific with S. leucotis, but differs in its narrow but strong white streaks on crown and throat (2); white on ear-coverts extending forwards under eye to commissure (2); flanks and breast-sides black vs dark brown and (apparently previously undocumented in the literature) colour extending right down flanks to top of legs (dark brown stops half-way down on leucotis and its race kilimensis), and extending onto rump (vs whitish-grey rump in kilimensis and greyish-black in leucotis) (3). Monotypic.


Highlands of C & S Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

c. 17–18 cm. Dark brown woodland barbet with white belly and dark head. Compared to previously conspecific S. leucotis (see Taxonomy comments), the present species... read more


No known differences from S. leucotis.


Mainly highland forest up to c. 2000 m, but probably similarly adaptable (like S. leucotis... read more

Food and feeding

More or less completely unstudied, but presumably generally similar to S. leucotis.


Very little known; season probably similar to N populations of S. leucotis, i.e. Jun–Jan, mainly Aug–Oct, and ecology... read more


Generally resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Population suspected to be declining owing to removal of dead trees, which are required for nesting and roosting, and habitat fragmentation within... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). White-lined Barbet (Stactolaema leucogrammica). 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 13 December 2017).