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Crested Barbet

Afrikaans name: Kuifkophoutkapper

Crested Barbet at Satara in Kruger National Park

Crested Barbet

Photo © Steven Herbert

Trachyphonus vaillantii

The Crested Barbet is an oddly coloured bird with splashes of red, black, white and yellow.

It has a large bill which it uses to eat fruit, insects and birds eggs.

Crested Barbets may be seen singly or in pairs. In suitable habitat they are quite common and make their presence known with their trilling call that goes on and on.

They are found in a variety of habitats including gardens, savannah, forest edges and woodland.

They lay up to 5 eggs in a hole in a tree or a log. Both parents tend to the young.

Crested Barbet catching the morning sun in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 187

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 94

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 94

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 98

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 142

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 157

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

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 54

Everyone's Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 63

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

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 183

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 75

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 58

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 190

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 264

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 264

Newman's Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 64

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 3

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 - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 179

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 299

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 314

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 410

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 407

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 264

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

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 144

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 132

List of South African Birds

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