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Garden Birds of South Africa – Barbets

Updated on February 12, 2016

Description

A pictorial introduction to birds in and around a suburban South African garden with particular reference to the Western suburbs of Johannesburg and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens.

I have attempted to source reference of the eggs and various egg colours wherever possible.

Crested Barbet Trachyphonus vaillantii

Male and female are similar except for the female being slightly paler in colour
Male and female are similar except for the female being slightly paler in colour
Crested Barbet eggs are white
Crested Barbet eggs are white
  • FOOD: Fruit and insects. I have noticed them eating bread and other scraps
  • HABITAT: Dry woodland and sub-urban areas
  • NEST: Excavates and hollows out dead tree stumps. Breeding "boxes" suspended in trees will attract them to breed in the garden

Black Collared Barbet Lybius torquatus

Male and female are similar.
Male and female are similar.
Black Collared Barbet eggs are white
Black Collared Barbet eggs are white
  • FOOD: Fruit, sometimes insects
  • HABITAT: Mostly wooded areas
  • NEST: Excavates and hollows out dead tree stumps. An old peach tree in my garden that had broken off halfway was hollowed out by a pair of Black Collared Barbets as a nesting site.

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      Deb Hirt 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      These are lovely birds. They remind me of the dawn of a new day.