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Vieillot's Barbet - BirdForum Opus

Lybius vieilloti
Photo by Steve G
The bird pictured is of the reddest race rubescens which is essentially confined to Senegambia. Photo taken: Brufut, The Gambia.

Identification

A small-medium sized stumpy Barbet with a heavy bill & thick neck. These birds have a scarlet head & face with colour extending patchily onto the upper chest, otherwise the body is a dirty yellow spotted dark-brown with brown wings.

Distribution

Africa south of the Sahara, but only as far south as Democratic Republic of Congo.

Taxonomy

Lybius vieilloti has three subspecies:

  • L. v. vieilloti;
  • L. v. buchanani; and
  • L. v. rubescens.

Habitat

Vieillot's Barbet favours dry Guinea savannah woodland containing fruiting figs.

Behaviour

The diet includes fruit. These birds are hole-nesters excavating nest chambers in dead trees, often near termite mounds. Vieillot's Barbet is apparently sometimes parasitised by Lesser Honeyguide.

References

Lepage D. 2007. Avibase. Search for "Vieillot's Barbet" downloaded 28 March 2008.

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