Afrikaans name: Rooikophoutkapper
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.
References and further readingA 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