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Red and Yellow Barbet

Red and Yellow Barbet

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Scientific Name:

Trachyphonus Erythrocephalus


Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.


Figs, other fruits and their seeds, spiders, insect larvae, beetles, mantids, grasshoppers, locusts, termites, ants, lizards, centipedes, small birds and their eggs, food discarded by humans.


Habitat:   Scrubland, wooded hills, wooded grasslands

Incubation: 12-18 days / 2-6 eggs

Social structure: Pairs, small family groups of up to 10 birds.

Weight: 75g max


Dimensions: 23cm max

Lifespan: 6+


Estimated population in the wild: Generally common 

Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. The dominant pair sings a synchronized duet, accompanied by the rest of the group members, which is used to defend their territory and as a bonding ritual between all the group members. The subadult members of the groups are acting as helpers during excavation of the nest and during breeding, where they help feed their younger siblings.

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