Red and yellow barbet facts
- They dig tunnels into banks and termite mounds.
- About 40cm in is the nest chamber where four or five eggs are incubated by parents and younger helpers.
- Their melodic call sounds like “red and yellow” repeated over and over again.
What do red and yellow barbets look like?
These kaleidoscopic birds have brilliant black and white speckled wing and tail feathers, a bright yellow breast and red cheeks with a white spot on either side. Males have a black crown whereas the female’s is red.
What do red and yellow barbets eat?
Fruit, seeds, small birds and insects.
Where do red and yellow barbets live?
South-east Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and North-east Tanzania.
Red and yellow barbet threats
They are sought after for their beautiful feathers and are popular as pets.