Rainforest Birds – Bearded Barbet

Bird Name:

Bearded Barbet

Latin Name:

Lybius dubius


Least Concern

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Piciformes

Family: Lybiidae

Genus: Lybius

Species: L. dubius

General Information

The Bearded Barbet is a resident pioneer of western and central Africa. It is a large, rather conspicuous bird distinguished by the tuft of bristles under its beak.

Physical Description

The Bearded Barbet is about 10 inches in length and weighs 80 – 108 g. It gets its name from the bristles that line the bottom of its beak. Its underparts are red with a black band across its breast and belly. Its upperparts are black and they are yellow patch about its eyes. Males and females are alike in appearance.


Bearded Barbets primarily feed on fruit, but will take insects to feed the young. They forage in groups, dispersing seeds as they move from tree to tree. They are known to drink almost every chance they get, usually from a tree crevice.


This species resides in Africa. Its habitat spans across Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, southern Mali, Burkina, Faso, southern Niger, northern Nigeria, northern Cameroon, northwestern Central African Republic, Guinea, Ivory Coast, central Ghana, southern Togo, and northern Benin. Bearded Barbets inhabit dry, arid areas in trees like acacia, baobabs, and figs. They prefer wooded areas, often places ample with dead branches. They are known to enter gardens to eat fruit. These species roosts together in pairs of groups of 4 – 5 in tree cavities.


The female usually lays 2 eggs per clutch, and incubates them for a period of about 16 days. 3 – 4 "helper" birds will also share responsibility for incubation and other care for the brood. Fledging occurs about 40 days after incubation.

Source by Tony Mandarich