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White-headed Barbet
Barbet White-headed Nairobi NP Kenya AR-1 Edited
Information
Range Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Piciformes
Family Lybiidae
Genus Lybius
Species Lybius leucocephalus
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The White-headed barbet (Lybius leucocephalus), is a species of African barbet in the Lybiidae family. It is found in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Description

This species is one of the largest in this genus. It is a black and white type of barbet that has a stubby neck and a heavy-toothed bill. It is found in open woodland areas that are close to water and cultivation. It utilizes fig and jacaranda trees to find food and to excavate nests. These birds are also very social and live in small groups.

Bird Calls

This species of African barbet comprises several races distinguished by different duetting song patters but all have a raucous greeting ceremony. It is the only barbet species to use simultaneous singing during a duet.

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