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Crested Barbet

Afrikaans name: Kuifkophoutkapper

Crested Barbet at Satara in Kruger National Park

Crested Barbet

Photo © Steven Herbert

Trachyphonus vaillantii

The Crested Barbet is an oddly coloured bird with splashes of red, black, white and yellow.

It has a large bill which it uses to eat fruit, insects and birds eggs.

Crested Barbets may be seen singly or in pairs. In suitable habitat they are quite common and make their presence known with their trilling call that goes on and on.

They are found in a variety of habitats including gardens, savannah, forest edges and woodland.

They lay up to 5 eggs in a hole in a tree or a log. Both parents tend to the young.

Crested Barbet catching the morning sun in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

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References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 94

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 98

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

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

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 183

Geoff Lockwood's Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Year Published: - Page: 58

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 411

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 410

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 407

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

List of South African Birds

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