There are many spectacular birds in nature. They make a name for themselves with their coats, beaks, eyes, crests, wings, or tails. Among these features, the plumage is probably the most distinctive. Its hues are diverse. Each species is gifted with one-of-their-kind plumage, making it conspicuous in its colony.
Let’s take the crested barbet as an example. These captivating birds are known for multi-colored flecks all over their suit, ranging from yellow, black, red to white.
They have a yellow head with red and black flecks. The backs and wings are black with white specks and crescents. Meanwhile, the belly is yellow with a broad black band and is flecked with white on the breast. Such a unique colorful bird!
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The male and female of this species look similar even though the female is slightly duller. Both share yellow short bills, with olive-green bare skin around the eye, and greenish-grey.
Crested barbets are sub-Saharan birds in the family Lybiidae. They distribute throughout North-eastern South Africa, but they can also be seen in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, and northern Nambia.
These birds prefer living in frequent gardens, parks, exotic plantations, woodlands and riverine bushveld, tree savannahs, and watercourses. They nest in an altitude of 200 to 1800 meters.
Thanks to the larges range, the population of these crested barbets is now stable.
Regarding the diets, this species feeds mainly on insects and fruits. However, they will also eat worms, snails, and the eggs of other birds if these are available nearby or their main food sources are scarce.
The breeding season of these captivating birds is between September and December. After finding mates, both the male and the female build their nests in a Sisal log (Agave sisalan).
The female then lays 5 eggs in the nest and incubate them on her own for 13 to 17 days. The female of this barbet is very supportive. He also joins his mate in feeding the hatchlings until fully-fledged.
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H/T: One Big Birdcage