Bearded barbet bird

The bearded barbet (Lybius dubius) is an African barbet. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a worldwide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

The bearded barbet is a common resident breeder in tropical West Africa. It is an arboreal species of gardens and wooded country which eats fruit, although the young are fed on insects.

It is fairly plump, with a short neck, large head and a short tail. The adult has a black crown, back, tail and breast band. The throat and belly are red and there is a yellow eye patch. The rump is white. The massive bill is very thick and yellow, and the well-developed clump of bristles at its base give the species its name. The call is a growling scrawk.

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