Black-throated Barbets

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Black-throated Barbet, Tricholaema melanocephala, Shompole, Nguruman escarpment, Kenya, Africa


Black-throated Barbet The Black-throated Barbets (Tricholaema melanocephala) are found in the following African countries:

Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.



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 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.


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.


Black-throated Barbet (Tricholaema melanocephala)

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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