Acacia Pied Barbet
(465) 18 cm;
Alike. Larger size and broad black bib extending from throat to
lower breast distinguish it from Red-fronted Tinkerbird. Also lacks
broad yellow wing patch of Red-fronted Tinkerbird.
Lacks red patch on forecrown.
Near-endemic, sedentary and found singly or in pairs. Most common in
Semi-arid savanna, particularly where Acacia mixed with other tree
species. Range expanded in recent years, especially in SW Cape with
planting of fruit-bearing trees and proliferation of artificial
waterholes in drier regions.
Mainly small fruit, including mistletoes; also insects and nectar
Distinctive nasal toy tin trumpet pehp, pehp, pehp, and a soft
Monogamous. Excavates I hole in dead or growing tree stump, often in
fairly hard wood, and occasionally utilises other birds' nests, e.g.
woodpecker holes and swallow nests. Parasitised by Lesser
Honeyguide, and very occasionally by Greater Honeyguide.
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