Geographical Range Western and central Africa
Habitat Dry savannas
Scientific Name Lybius dubius
Conservation Status Common

This African bird is a member of the woodpecker family. It not only uses its sharp beak to feed on insects and fruit, but also pounds holes in dead trees or stumps for its nest. Barbets are social birds and live in groups of four to five animals.

Did You Know?

The hair-like feathers around the base of this bird's bill gives it the appearance of having a beard.