The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

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

References and further reading

SA 4X4 - Vol 21 No 2 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 70

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

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

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 144

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 176

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 179

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

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 3

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 233

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 299

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 314

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

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

Newmans Garden Birds - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1991 - Page: 64

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

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 74

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

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

Geoff Lockwoods Garden Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Geoff Lockwood - Published: 0 - Page: 58

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 75

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

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

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

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 157

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

Common Birds of the North Coast - Author: Bing Comrie - Published: 2005 - Page: 54

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 63

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 174

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

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

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

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 187

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 94

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