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Black-backed Barbet - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Brown-backed Barbet, Grey-faced Barbet, White-faced Barbet

Photo by safariranger
Mwaleshi River, North Luangwa, Zambia], July 2006
Pogonornis minor

Lybius minor


19·5–21 cm (7¾-8¼ in) Red frons, white underparts with pinkish wash on belly and black thighs are diagnostic.


Africa: Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

Some authorities split this taxon into two species


Riverine woodland and forest edge and adjacent cultivation.



Their diet has been little recorded but appears to consist of fruit, such as figs, berries, seeds, and flying insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. 2007. Avibase.
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)

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