Crested Barbet

Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii)

With its thick bill and very colourful plumage the Crested Barbet is unmistakable. This small bird has a speckled yellow and red face with a small black crest. The belly is yellow with red speckles, wings are black with white specks and it has a broad black band on its neck. Yellow head and body with black and white feathers, with red markings on the head of the body, its colour blends in so well in the bush.

They are found alone or in pairs. They like to bounce around on the ground looking for food, they usually call from a branch in the open. They are not the best fliers and fly only for short distances. They roost in holes in trees. Very vocal, the call being a trill that can continue for long periods. They are aggressive towards other birds in their territory and will chase off both nest competitors and other birds such as doves and thrushes.

Here a photos of a bird I capture on the Golf Course in Kathu….

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