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Crested Barbet

Trachyphonus vaillianti

Description:

Crested Barbet trying to catch a Green Milkweed Locust in my garden. Two colourful characters each fighting in their own way for survival. The locust was saved because I came out to take a photo.

Habitat:

Favours drier woodland, especially acacia. Has adapted well to urban environments. Throughout the north eastern part of South Africa.


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11 Comments

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 6 years ago

In general yes, it would be toxic or bad tasting, but some critters like the barbet might have developed to the point where it is not bothered by this.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 6 years ago

What amazing critters you have! I had no idea the local grasshoppers were so gorgeous. The barbet is pretty cool too. If the locust is a milkweed eater, wouldn't he be toxic or at least bitter?

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 6 years ago

Thanks Karen. This was a real lucky shot!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 6 years ago

Great capture

Stunning!

Marsya Christyanti
Marsya Christyanti 7 years ago

nice :D

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 7 years ago

Thanks everyone!

@Marsya: Moved it to first.

Marsya Christyanti
Marsya Christyanti 7 years ago

the second photo is the most stunning!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

What a lovely colorful bird!

Johan Heyns
Johan Heyns 7 years ago

Added better photos of just the bird.

Johan Heyns
Spotted by
Johan Heyns

Lesedi Local Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa

Lat: -26.50, Long: 28.36

Spotted on May 12, 2012
Submitted on May 12, 2012

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