(473) 24 cm; 74 g
Yellow face speckled with red, black crest and chest band make it
easily identifiable. Largest barbet in the area and only one that is
Similar to if but less brightly coloured.
Resembles ad but browner on wings and has less red streaking below.
Common resident. Usually in pairs and remain together throughout
Favours drier woodland, especially Acacia. Has adapted well to
Omnivorous. Often takes insects on the ground; also feeds on wide
range of fruit and recorded taking nectar.
Loud and sustained unmusical trill tr-r-r-r-r r-r-r-r-r-r...,
likened to an alarm clock with the bell removed.
Monogamous. Br in hole excavated in underside of a dead stump;
occasionally parasitised by Greater and Lesser honeyguides.
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