Bearded Barbet

About the Bearded Barbet
Also known as: Groove-billed Barbet
Bearded Barbet

The Bearded Barbet is a species of barbet that lives in western parts of Africa. Bearded Barbets prefer a wooded habitat and are not migratory.

Bearded Barbets are cavity nesters. They also roost at night in tree cavities, in groups of two to five birds. They eat fruit, including figs, and insects.

The Bearded Barbet is a striking bird with a bold plumage of black and red. Their yellow eye patch stands out, as does their substantial bill.

Their conservation status is considered to be Least Concern as of May 2013.

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Details & Statistics



The Bearded Barbet is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend is not known, but the population is not believed to be decreasing sufficiently rapidly to approach the thresholds under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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