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Black-collared Barbet

Afrikaans name: Rooikophoutkapper

Black-collared Barbet

Black-collared Barbet

Photo © Steven Herbert

Lybius torquatus

The Black-collared Barbet is a common bird in the eastern and northern regions of South Africa. It is also found up to Kenya.

The face of the Black-collared Barbet is normally red but there are a few birds that show a yellow face (I would love to be able to photograph one! In fact, I have never seen one!).

Fruit forms the bulk of the diet of Black-collared Barbets but they will also eat nectar and insects.

They make a hole in a dead branch for their nest. Up to 5 eggs are laid and are attended to by both parents. Various honeyguides parasitise their nests.

The call of the Black-collared Barbet is actually a duet with two birds singing alternate notes. They do a log of wing-flicking while calling.

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 93

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 100

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 59

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 47

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 132

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 59

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 411

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 404

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 400

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 272

List of South African Birds

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