Southern African Birds

 

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  Crested Barbet

 

Trachyphonus vaillantii

(473) 24 cm; 74 g

SEXES  Fairly similar.

M  Yellow face speckled with red, black crest and chest band make it easily identifiable. Largest barbet in the area and only one that is sexually dimorphic.

F  Similar to if but less brightly coloured.

JUV  Resembles ad but browner on wings and has less red streaking below.

STATUS  Common resident. Usually in pairs and remain together throughout the year.

HABITAT  Favours drier woodland, especially Acacia. Has adapted well to suburban areas.

FOOD  Omnivorous. Often takes insects on the ground; also feeds on wide range of fruit and recorded taking nectar.

CALL  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.

BR  Monogamous. Br in hole excavated in underside of a dead stump; occasionally parasitised by Greater and Lesser honeyguides.

 

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Hwange

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

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Hwange

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600 f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600 f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600 f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Bathday!

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600 f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Just out of the bath...

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600 f/4L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 300 f/2.8L

 

 

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Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 300 f/2.8L 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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