Bearded Barbet

Bearded Barbet

Lybius dubius

Least Concern

With its unmistakable black and red plumage and prominent black bill, the Bearded Barbet is a vibrant resident of West Africa's savannahs and woodlands. Renowned for its robust, echoing calls that resonate through its habitat, this bird is not only a visual spectacle but also an auditory one, adding a unique character to the regions it inhabits.

Appearance and Identification

Males and females have similar plumage

Primary Color


Secondary Colors

Black, White

Secondary Colors (female)

Secondary Colors (juvenile)

Secondary Colors (seasonal)

Wing Color


Beak Type


Beak Color


Leg Color


Distinctive Markings

Heavy black bill and distinctive red and black plumage

Tail Description

Short and square

Size Metrics

25cm to 30cm


40cm to 45cm


80g to 108g



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Vocalization and Sounds

Primary Calls

Loud, repeated 'kow' sounds

Call Description

Harsh and metallic calls, often repeated in a series

Alarm Calls

Sharp, loud 'chack' noise

Behavior and Social Structure

Daily Activities

Diurnal, active mostly during the day

Social Habits

Solitary or in pairs, sometimes in small family groups

Territorial Behavior

Territorial, especially during breeding season

Migratory Patterns


Interaction with Other Species

Occasionally joins mixed-species foraging flocks


Primary Diet

Fruits, Insects

Feeding Habits

Forages in trees, often observed feeding on figs

Feeding Times

Mostly in the morning and late afternoon

Prey Capture Method

Gleaning from foliage and bark

Diet Variations

Diet varies seasonally based on fruit availability

Special Dietary Needs (if any)

None known


Nesting Location

Tree cavities

Nest Construction

Uses natural cavities or old woodpecker holes

Breeding Season

Varies regionally, typically during the rainy season

Number of clutches (per breeding season)

Usually one

Egg Appearance

White and glossy

Egg Size


Clutch Characteristics

2-4 eggs per clutch

Incubation Period

14-16 days

Fledgling Period

About 4 weeks

Parental Care

Both parents participate in feeding and caring for young

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Widespread across West Africa

Habitat Description

Savannahs, woodland edges, and gardens

Elevation Range

Lowland, up to 1500 meters

Migration Patterns



Woodland, Savannah

Climate zones


Distribution Map

Please note, this range and distribution map is a high-level overview, and doesn't break down into specific regions and areas of the countries.

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