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Pictures of Bearded Barbets

Bearded Barbet


Bearded Barbet

Bearded Barbet

Bearded Barbet
Bearded Barbet
Bearded Barbet
Bearded Barbet

Bearded Barbet on Branch


Bearded Barbet on Branch
Bearded Barbet pictures (Lybuis dubuis).

This stout bird averages 10 inches in length and weighs between 2.7 and 3.7 ounces. They're found in a thin section of the eastern half of Africa in wooded areas with able dead branches. They're unique in that they have black hair-like feathers protruding over their chin and a flash of red on their breast that gives the impression of a beard.

In the wild, they eat various fruits and figs, and garden fruit. In the zoo, they eat parrot, parakeet, and cockatiel dry feed, combined together with various pureed fruits and vegetables.

Barbets are a communal breeder, typically producing two eggs. Three or four additional 'helper' birds will then help with the incubation and care of the brood. Nests are almost always found in cavities of trees, which they excavate themselves. Nest placement is not specific and can be found anywhere along a tree although they prefer to nest amoung trees.

These birds are unique in that their upper bill has two deep grooves running perpendicular to the bill on each side. These grooves look like teeth from a distance. As birds do not have teeth, these are actually a modification of the bill used to break and shear open fruit.

Though I've classified them with the toucans, they are not technically part of the toucan family. They are related to toucans, however, they're even more closely related to woodpeckers. Barbets and toucans both play an important role in seed dispersal in tropical forests.