Wild Birds

Yellow-spotted Barbets

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The Yellow-spotted Barbets (Buccanodon duchaillui) are part of the African barbet family (Lybiidae). They occur naturally in the following African countries:

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, 

Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda.

A Pair Of Yellow-spotted Barbets Standing On A Rock
A Pair Of Yellow-spotted Barbets Standing On A Rock

Description

They are usually about 20 – 25 cm long, plump-looking, with large heads. Their heavy bill is fringed with bristles.

Diet / Feeding

These mostly solitary birds eat a variety of fruits, including figs. They will also visit plantations and feed on cultivated fruit and vegetables. Fruit is eaten whole and indigestible material such as seed pits is regurgitated later. They are believed to be important agents in seed dispersal.

In addition to fruit, they also eat a wide range of insects are taken, including ants, cicadas, dragonflies, crickets, locusts, beetles, moths, mantids, as well as scorpions and centipedes. On occasion, they may also feed on lizards, frogs, and geckos.

Three Yellow-spotted Barbets Sitting On A Rock
Three Yellow-spotted Barbets Sitting On A Rock

Nesting / Breeding

They typically nest in tree cavities. The hen usually lays between 2 to 4 eggs that are incubated for 13 – 15 days. Nesting duties are shared by both parents.

 

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


 

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