Garden Birds of South Africa – Barbets
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
- 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
- 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.