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Green Barbet | Stactolaema olivacea

The Green Barbet is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Lybiidae bird family group which includes birds such as Typical Shrikes.

The description for the Green Barbet (Latin name Stactolaema olivacea) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Stactolaema olivacea can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 468 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 140. You will find a picture of the Green Barbet on page 144.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Green Barbet between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Green Barbet has a height of 16 cms and weighs around 50 gms. The head is coloured olive, brown while the bill is coloured black. The Stactolaema olivacea has a olive, green coloured throat, black legs and a olive, green coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is olive, brown

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are black

Throat is olive, green

Back is olive, green

Feeding Habits ...

The Green Barbet is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

The Stactolaema olivacea attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

The Stactolaema olivacea forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Green Barbet is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.

The Green Barbet is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Green Barbet is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

It is also seen in flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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