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  Black-collared Barbet

 

Lybius torquatus

(464) 20 cm; 54 g

SEXES  Alike. Bright red face, throat and upper breast, bordered by broad black collar. Shade of red varies from bright scarlet to salmon pink. Rare xanthochroic (yellow replaces red) form occurs. Large black bill.

JUV  Lacks redface (which is initially brownish atf/edging).

STATUS  Common resident and widely distributed; also in urban areas where suitable fruit trees occur. Usually in pairs.

HABITAT  Mostly well-wooded habitats, especially riparian, where fruit­bearing trees are abundant.

FOOD  Mainly frugivorous, and partial to figs. Also takes insects and nectar.

CALL  Synchronised duet, one bird giving two, the other pouddle, creating two-pouddle, two-pouddle... repeated 10-20 times with the birds usually facing each other and bobbing their heads.

BR  Probably monogamous; sometimes with nest helpers. Excavates hole (diameter usually 45-55 mm) in dead tree stump. Parasitised by Lesser Honeyguide, also to some extent by Greater Honeyguide.

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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