Bearded Barbet

The Bearded Barbet (Lybius dubius) is a species of bird that is found in tropical west Africa. It is found mostly in trees around wooded country and also gardens. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

The adult is 10.25 inches in length. It is fairly plump, has a short neck and a large head. The tail is somewhat short. It has a black crown, back, tail and breast band. The throat and belly are red and the rump is white. There is a yellow eye patch. The massive bill is very thick and yellow. Sexes are similar. The call is a growl-like scrawk.

The Bearded Barbet prefers well-wooded areas with fig trees. It will enter gardens for fruit. It can be seen in social groups of 4 to 5 birds and pairs or groups will roost together in a tree cavity. The nest is a hole in a tree and the female lays 2 white eggs. The young feed primarily on insects.