Whyte's Barbets

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The Whyte's Barbets (Stactolaema whytii) are found in the following African countries: The Democratic Republic of the Congo; Malawi; Mozambique; United Republic of Tanzania; Zambia; and Zimbabwe



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


Diet / Feeding

Their diet mostly consists of fruits, eaten whole and indigestible parts being regurgitated later. They may also visit plantations and take cultivated fruit and vegetables.

They may also feed on insects, including ants, cicadas, dragonflies, crickets, locusts, beetles, moths, mantids; as well as lizards and frogs.


Nesting / Breeding

Whyte's Barbets mostly nest in tree cavities. The average clutch consists of 2 - 4 eggs, which are incubated four 13 - 15 days. Both parents raise the young.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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