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Bearded Barbet - BirdForum Opus

Lybius dubius
Photo by Steve G
Senegambia Hotel grounds, Kololi, The Gambia, March 2005

Identification

26 cm

  • Black crown, back, tail and breast band
  • Red throat and bell
  • Yellow eye patch
  • White rump
  • Very thick and yellow large bill, well developed clump of bristles at the base

Sexes are similar

Distribution

West Africa: found in western Sahel (northern Senegambia to north-western Central African Republic)

Taxonomy

Monotypic[1]

Habitat

Woodland, thickets and orchards in dry areas, and gardens.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes fruit. The young are fed insects.

Breeding

It nests in a tree hole which it excavates using its large bill. Incubation of the 2 white eggs lasts for 15 days. The young fledge after 40 days.

Vocalisation

The call is a growling scrawk.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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