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Crested Barbet / Kuifkophoutkapper by Elizabeth Kendall

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With its thick bill and and very colourful plumage the Crested Barbet is unmistakeable. This small bird has a speckled yellow and red face with a small black crest. The belly is yellow with red speckles, wings are black with white specks and it has a broad black band on its neck. Yellow head and body with black and white feathers, red markings on end of body, its colour blends well in the bush. They have a distinct shrill.

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The Crested Barbet feeds on insects, other birds eggs and fruits.

They nest in a hole in a tree or a Sisal log in a garden. They are monogamous and territorial during breeding. Territory size varies according to their habitat. Eggs are laid between September to December. 1 to 5 eggs are laid at daily intervals. Incubation lasts between 13 to 17 days, beginning with the second or third egg and mainly by the female. The young hatch naked and blind. They are fed insects by both parents. Faecal material is removed regularly. They fledge after about 31 days. Up to five broods have been recorded in a breeding season.

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They are found singly or in pairs. They like to bounce around on the ground looking for food, they usually call from a branch out in the open. They do not fly easily and then only for short distances. Crested Barbets roost in holes in trees. They are very vocal, the call being a trill that can continue for long periods. Crested Barbets are aggressive towards other birds in their territory and chase off both nest competitors such as other Barbets and other birds such as doves and thrushes. They have also been recorded to have attacked a rat and killed a snake.

A mounted print

Forests, savannah and sub-urban gardens, woodland thickets and watercourses.

Where they are found:
Crested Barbets are common in Southern Africa. They are also found in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana and Northern Namibia.

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  • laruecherie
    laruecherieover 2 years ago

    So cute. Nice capture.

  • Many thanks Sheri! I appreciate your kind comment!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, 24/08/2011…..Shirley

  • How wonderful!! Thanks so much Shirley!! Much appreciated! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    Aaaaaw! He’s absolutely delightful Liz! Great capture, the colours are brilliant and clear! Looks like a fledgling, where on earth is his mother?!

  • Smile! She must be somewhere near Maree….thanks for the fav and the wonderful words!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    PS: Congratulations on the feature!

  • Thanks very much!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 2 years ago

    Good one Elizabeth… Shirley

  • Many thanks Shirley!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Claudia Dingle
    Claudia Dingleover 2 years ago

    What a cute little fellow. Looks like he’s wearing a venecian mask :)

  • Smile!! Thanks so much Dingle!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • supernan
    supernanover 2 years ago

    What a beauty such a pretty little bird x

  • Many thanks Nan!!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    24 August 2011 – 2 images per day

    Marvelous close up!

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    24 August 2011 – 2 images per day

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    Aww this is so adorable, I want one. Stunning capture Elizabeth wonderful detail.

  • Come fetch one….smile!! Thanks Andrea! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

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