Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-spotted Barbet (Buccanodon duchaillui)


French: Barbican à taches jaunes German: Gelbfleck-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo pintado

Barbatula Duchaillui


, 1855,

Moonda River, Gabon


No close relatives. Birds from W Africa described as race bannermani and those from S Congo as race gabriellae, but both now considered indistinguishable; populations at higher elevations are larger, but insufficient difference to warrant any racial separation. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone and Guinea E to Togo#R; and SW Nigeria E to W Kenya, and S to Cabinda (N Angola), C DRCongo, and NW Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

15·5–17 cm; 30–50 g. Larger and chunkier than a tinkerbird. Both sexes glossy black, with yellow spots above and, below black upper breast, yellow and... read more


Distinctive frog-like purring “brrrr--t” of 1·2–3 seconds, notes at 38... read more


Inhabits forest, including old secondary forest, forest patches, edges, overgrown clearings and... read more

Food and feeding

Eats many small fruits, such as those of Allophyllus, Ficus, Heisteria, Musanga and Vismia,... read more


Aug–Apr in Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana; Nov–Mar and May–Jun in Nigeria; probably all year in Cameroon and Gabon (... read more


Resident and sedentary; moves only locally to fruiting trees.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Reasonably common. but absent from Dahomey Gap, with claimed records in Benin erroneous; in Sierra Leone, common in E but less so in W; local and... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Yellow-spotted Barbet (Buccanodon duchaillui). 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).