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  Acacia Pied Barbet

      (Pied Barbet)

 

Tricholaema leucomelas

(465) 18 cm; 31 g

SEXES  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.

JUV  Lacks red patch on forecrown.

STATUS  Near-endemic, sedentary and found singly or in pairs. Most common in drier regions.

HABITAT  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.

FOOD  Mainly small fruit, including mistletoes; also insects and nectar from aloes.

CALL  Distinctive nasal toy tin trumpet pehp, pehp, pehp, and a soft hoop... hoop.

BR  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.

ALT NAME  Pied Barbet

 

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Maun

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Sunday Pan, CKGR

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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