STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern
RANGE: Western and Central Africa
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
Bearded barbets are small tropical birds named for the tuft of feathers around their beaks that causes them to look as if they have a beard. Bearded barbets are not only known for their beards but also for their black bodies, striking red underbellies, and serrated beaks. They also have abnormal toe patterns, with their second and third toes pointing forward and the first and fourth toes pointing backward. They share this pattern with toucans and woodpeckers, which are their closest relatives.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
Bearded barbets are an arboreal species, so they spend their lives in the trees. They also prefer to live in small communities of three to five birds. Mating for these birds can occur throughout the year but is most common between May and September. Barbets dig out nests in soft wooded tree trunks, laying two small white eggs on average. One chick out of the clutch usually survives into adulthood.
These birds are found in tropical regions in western Africa like the Ivory Coast.
They live in large forests with plentiful fruit trees, primarily fig and Acacia, to provide food for the communities.
Bearded barbets eat fruits and sometimes insects.