Black-Collared Barbet by Bernard DUPONT

Black-Collared Barbet

The Black-Collared Barbet or Lybius Torquatus is also known as the Rooikophoutkapper and is one of the most common Barbets in Africa, occurring from the DRC to Kenya and southern Africa.

Colouring

Iris deep red or red-brown; bill black; legs and feet greenish grey to brown; throat and breast bright red (rarely yellow); hindcrown, mantle and broad band across lower breast black; belly dull pale yellowish grey; back greyish olive; wings and tail edged with yellow.

Voice

Duet starting off with buzzing skiz-skiz-skiz, becoming loud ringing antiphonal whoop-dudu, whoop-dudu; also two-puddly, two-puddly, or clean-collar, clean-collar; phrase repeated up to about eight times in quick succession; snarling snaar threat note.

Habitat

Coastal bush, woodland, forest edge, riverine forest, parks, gardens.

Distribution

Africa south of the equator, eastern and north-eastern parts of South Africa, Orange Free State and Namibia.

Habits

Solitary, in pairs or small groups. Highly vocal, especially in summer; birds bob up and down, opening and closing wings as they call. Flight fast, direct, with whirring wings.

Food

Fruit (especially figs), insects.

Breeding

Season: August to April (mainly September-November); may rear four broods per season. Nest: Hole excavated in upright or sloping trunks or branches; up to 25 cm from entrance to floor.

Incubation and fledging: 2-5 white eggs. Incubation 18 days. Nesting 33-35 days; fed by both parents and other adult helpers; two pairs may share a nest hole.

References: Gordon Lindsay Maclean: Roberts’ Birds of Southern Africa, Sixth Edition. 1993.

Kenneth Newman: Newman’s Birds by Colour. 2000.

Photograph by Bernard DUPONT