portfolio of Barbets
in the family Lybiidae.
The Lybiidae is a bird family containing the African barbets
. There are 42 species of Barbets. They range from the type genus Lybius of forest interior to the tinkerbirds (Pogoniulus) of forest and scrubland. Barbets inhabit sub-Saharan Africa, except the far southwest of South Africa.
As well as taking fruit, African Barbets
also eat arthropod prey, gleaned from the branches and trunks of trees. Barbets
feed on a broad range of insects, including ants, cicadas, dragonflies, crickets, locusts, beetles, moths and mantids. Barbets
will also eat scorpions and centipedes, and a few species will take small vertebrates such as lizards, frogs, and geckos.
We regularly see several species of Barbets
on my African Safaris. Check out Wildlife Workshops
for my next safari departures.