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Barbet: Acacia Pied Barbet

Unread postby cybeR@NGER » Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:11 pm

Acacia Pied Barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas)

Other names
Afrikaans: Bonthoutkapper
Dutch: Kaapse baardvogel
German: Rotstirn-Bartvogel
French: Barbican pie
Portuguese: Barbaças-das-acácias

The red forehead, yellow eyebrow extending into a white band and the broad black through the eye are characteristic. It has a pied back, the breast is white and the throat is black.

Habitat: Semi-arid savanna, particularly Acacia or mixed Acacia woodlands. Also seen in suburban areas, readily visits gardens, but seldom becomes as tame as other barbets, like for instance, the Crested Barbet.

Eats: Mainly fruit, mistletoes and figs. Also eats insects and drinks nectar from aloes.

Call: Resembles that of the African Hoopoe, a loud nasal pehp, pehp, phep.
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Barbet, acacia pied

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Dec 17, 2007 2:09 pm

Barbet, acacia pied, Tricholaema leucomelas

This barbet is the most widely distributed of all the barbet species found in South Africa with very few gaps in its distribution throughout the country.

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The acacia pied barbet is generally encountered alone or in pairs. They will defend a small territory around a nesting site that may be a self-excavated hole in the underside of a dead softwood tree branch. They will often use any existing hole to nest in and regularly make use of disused nests of swallows, martins and weavers.

Their diet consists of fruit, insects and the nectar from aloes.
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Re: Barbet: Acacia Pied Barbet

Unread postby Manovo-Gounda » Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:55 am

Although I've seen this bird in SA I've never found it in KNP - could anybody give adivice where to look for it next time?
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Re: Barbet: Acacia Pied Barbet

Unread postby arks » Wed Jan 18, 2012 1:53 am

I've seen them in KTP — and in my garden in Darling 8)
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Re: Barbet: Acacia Pied Barbet

Unread postby johanrebel » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:54 pm

Manovo-Gounda wrote:Although I've seen this bird in SA I've never found it in KNP - could anybody give adivice where to look for it next time?
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I've seen one on consecutive days in the same tree, undoubtedly the same individual. This was in the Makuleke CNP, on a road that runs mostly through very open sections of the floodplain dominated by either Acacia tortillis or Salvadora australis trees, with a whole bunch of other species thrown in.

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Re: Barbet: Acacia Pied Barbet

Unread postby Johann » Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:24 pm

Manovo-Gounda wrote:Although I've seen this bird in SA I've never found it in KNP - could anybody give adivice where to look for it next time?


Difficult to say where exactly to look as they occur all over of the park. The easiest would be to listen out for their call and then try and locate the bird.
I've heard them calling in Punda Maria and Crocodile Bridge camps and on the H4-1. My only visual was from the Lake Panic hide.
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Re: Barbet: Acacia Pied Barbet

Unread postby Manovo-Gounda » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:21 am

Hi Johanrebel and Johann,

Many thanks for your advice! I will look and listen for it in the far North, around Lake Panic and at CB next time. The APB is one of these commoner birds which one can seen all over the place but so far I have missed it in KNP.
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Re: Barbet: Acacia Pied Barbet

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