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Brown Breasted Barbet

Lybius melanopterus


A small sturdy little bird 12-15cm high. A bright red head (called brown breasted indeed!) characteristic Barbet whiskers, and apparently brown breast and grey to brown body. AND a very sturdy beak.


Not sure, seems to be coastal bush of any kind, east Africa.


Another poor little male that expended a lot of energy intimidating the male he could see in the reflecting windows of our house. However it made for a lovely chance to see them close up :)

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DavidMroczkowski 5 years ago

Wow. That bill must crack some large seeds. Does anyone know its diet?

Desmond.E.S.O 5 years ago

Wow! That beak really is massive!

MudWiggle 5 years ago

oh, okay Mark, great thank you, will folllow.
Yes, really the window was at risk, he really could tap very hard... and for ages I wondered how long he could keep that up.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Oh btw the habitat should just be for each particular spotting eg. 'Urban back yard'

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Window might be at risk with that beak. :)

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Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Spotted on Jul 7, 2010
Submitted on Sep 15, 2015

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