The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Black-collared Barbet

Afrikaans name: Rooikophoutkapper

Black-collared Barbet

Black-collared Barbet

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Lybius torquatus

The Black-collared Barbet is a common bird in the eastern and northern regions of South Africa. It is also found up to Kenya.

The face of the Black-collared Barbet is normally red but there are a few birds that show a yellow face (I would love to be able to photograph one! In fact, I have never seen one!).

Fruit forms the bulk of the diet of Black-collared Barbets but they will also eat nectar and insects.

They make a hole in a dead branch for their nest. Up to 5 eggs are laid and are attended to by both parents. Various honeyguides parasitise their nests.

The call of the Black-collared Barbet is actually a duet with two birds singing alternate notes. They do a log of wing-flicking while calling.

References and further reading

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 53

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 49

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 132

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 176

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 175

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 82

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 272

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 264

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 400

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 404

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 309

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 294

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 229

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 264

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 62

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 411

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 264

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 73

Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P. Ginn & G. McIlleron - Published: 1981 - Page: 48

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 59

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 190

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 74

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 18

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 132

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 52

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 51

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 79

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 155

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 142

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 47

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 59

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 100

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 171

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 93

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 93

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 185

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