White-headed barbet

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White-headed barbet
White-headed Barbet, Lake Manyara, Tanzania (8495910236).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Piciformes
Family: Lybiidae
Genus: Lybius
L. leucocephalus
Binomial name
Lybius leucocephalus
(De Filippi, 1853)

The white-headed barbet (Lybius leucocephalus) is a species of bird in the Lybiidae family. It is found in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Bird calls[edit]

This species of African barbet comprises several races distinguished by different duetting song patters but all have a raucous greeting ceremony. It is the only barbet species to use simultaneous singing during a duet.[2]


This species is one of the largest in this genus at 18-19.5 cm (7.1-7.7 inches) in length. It is a black and white type of barbet that has a stubby neck and a heavy-toothed bill. It is found in open woodland areas that are close to water and cultivation. It utilizes fig and jacaranda trees to find food and to excavate nests. These birds are also very social and live in small groups.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Lybius leucocephalus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Short, Lester L., and Jennifer F. Horne. "A Review of Duetting, Sociality and Speciation In Some African Barbets (Capitonidae)." Condor 85.3 (1983): 323-32. Web.
  3. ^ "White-headed Barbet." , Lybius Leucocephalus. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.