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Acacia Pied Barbet | Tricholaema leucomelas

The Acacia Pied 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 Acacia Pied Barbet (Latin name Tricholaema leucomelas) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Tricholaema leucomelas can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 465 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 144. You will find a picture of the Acacia Pied 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.

This bird is known as Pied Barbet in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Acacia Pied Barbet between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Acacia Pied Barbet is known in Afrikaans as Bonthoutkapper.

The Acacia Pied Barbet is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The Tricholaema leucomelas can be found in other parts of the world.

The Acacia Pied Barbet has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 35 gms. The head is coloured red while the bill is coloured black. The Tricholaema leucomelas has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a black 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 red

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are grey

Throat is white

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

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

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

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

The bird also drinks nectar from flowers high up in the tree canopy.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

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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