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Crested Barbet

Trachyphonus vaillantii


With its thick bill and very colourful plumage the Crested Barbet is unmistakable. This small bird has a speckled yellow and red face with a small black crest. The belly is yellow with red speckles, wings are black with white specks and it has a broad black band on its neck. Yellow head and body with black and white feathers, red markings on end of body, its colour blends well in the bush. They have a distinct shrill.


Forests, savannah and sub-urban gardens, woodland thickets and watercourses.


(Trachyphonus vaillantii) ('trachys'=rough, 'phone'=voice, sound')

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Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Thx Christos!

ChristosMaroulis 5 years ago

Very nice!!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Thx Marta!!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Haha!! Go For it!! Cant wait to see some of your posts!!

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Gorgeous bird, Jared! :-)

AshleyT 5 years ago

We went to Kruger last time, not on the list for this time. I kind of wish it was since my chance for cats are probably best there, but oh well. We'll spend most of our time in the highveld near Memel in the Free State. We'll also travel to Ithala for mammals and it is supposed to be really good for rhinos. Frogs are of course highest on my list so we'll be out frogging every night, really hoping I can turn up another rain frog! They aren't as common in the Highveld, but we're staying away from the Lowveld this trip since the property my guide usually uses got taken by the goverment. You shouldn't be jealous of me, you live there and always get to see awesome stuff! I'm just going to be there 10 days and won't sleep so I can find as much as possible!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

I reckon if you wanna smash a list like that I would head to the Kruger, it really does offer the most variety!! Plenty of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles!! You will go beserk there!! I would try get to the more nothern part as its more tropical and the variety really gets better. Stick near the water areas and you will some amazing things and take a decent headlamp with you, something that can really pack a punch because in my opinion you see the most special things in the evenings, especially now as its warm!! Wow Im so jealous, where are you planning to visit??

AshleyT 5 years ago

Way, way too much haha.
Mammals I just want any cat and any hyena, got the rest of the good mammals last time.
Herps I want a rain frog, any cobra, any adder, any chameleon, a legless lizard, and a sungazer.
Birds I want spur-winged goose, any grebe, lots of the storks and cranes, lots of vultures and eagles, a lapwing, a turaco, an owl, any kingfisher, some rollers, some hornbills, some woodpeckers, some starlings, some sunbirds, some bishops, and an african hoopoe.

I tried to not make any of it too specific so my chances of finding what I want are higher. Can't wait to have a little summer vacation during the middle of winter though!

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 5 years ago

Thx Ash, so whats on your list for SA??

AshleyT 5 years ago

Beautiful bird, Jared!

Bushbuckridge Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Lat: -24.72, Long: 31.74

Spotted on May 26, 2013
Submitted on Dec 10, 2013


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