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Resembles the Crested Barbet and the Red-and-yellow Barbet but is smaller than both, lacks a crest and has no red in the face. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.
The differences between Usambiro and Black-capped forms are discussed in a Birdforum thread.
Four subspecies recognized:
The last one is sometimes regarded as full species, Usambiro Barbet (Trachyphonus usambiro), but as Clements and Howard & Moore both don't accept this, we treat it as a subspecies.
Wooded grassland with acacia bushes, dry scrubland and gardens.
The diet includes insects, fruits, and seeds.
It nests in banks; a tunnel leads to the nesting chamber.
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