Usambiro barbet

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Usambiro barbet
Usambiro Barbet - Trachyphonus darnaudii usambiro - Kenya IMG 5365, crop.jpg
T. d. usambiro in Kenya
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Lybiidae
Genus: Trachyphonus
T. d. usambiro
Trinomial name
Trachyphonus darnaudii usambiro
Neumann, 1908

Trachyphonus usambiro

The Usambiro barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii usambiro) is a subspecies of bird in the African barbet family Lybiidae. It is a subspecies of D'Arnaud's barbet, along with Emin's barbet. It varies from the nominate in having a longer wing, shorter tail, darker bill. The Usambiro barbet was originally described as a subspecies of D'Arnaud's barbet in 1908 by Oscar Rudolph Neumann from a specimen collected in Usambiro in Tanzania. It is sometimes treated as a valid species in its own right.[1]

It is found in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, and is found in Maasai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park. The species inhabits open areas including savannah, grassland, shrubland and pastures. It ranges from 1,100–2,100 m (3,600–6,900 ft) above sea-level. Where the species' range overlaps with the Red-and-yellow barbet, this species will avoid the streambeds favoured by the larger Red-and-yellow barbet and occupies flat areas.[1]

The Usambiro barbet is 18 to 19 cm (7.1–7.5 in) long and weighs 37–50.5 g (1.31–1.78 oz). The head is yellow with black spots and the wings are black with white spots. The breast is also yellow with a dark breast band.The belly is pale yellow with a reddish vent. The sexes are similar.[1]

The diet of this species is assumed to be the same as the D'Arnaud's barbet, comprising seeds, fruit and a wide range of insects.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Usambiro Barbet (Trachyphonus usambiro). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 10 March 2017).