The Red and Yellow Barbet have a beak that is long and sharp. They usually have a bill that is approximately 9” (23 centimeters) and it is strong and hard. The bill resembles that of the common woodpecker. The feathers of the main body are colored with spots of black, white, yellow and red. And the plumage on top is a vibrant orange-red.
From front top to tail is a race of gloss black. The sides of their heads have spots of white with a lace of black and yellow going around their neck. The front of the chest is a hue of red and orange. And the male of the species has a dark line under the neck.
Location and Ecosystem:
The Barbet are found in Africa across from Ethiopia and on south past Kenya. They also have habitats in Tanzania and in Somalia. They live in the areas that are hard to survive and thrive in areas that are short on water. They do however still require wooded areas to live.
Red and Yellow Barbets will live in flocks that range from three to ten birds in the flock. The Barbet will find the majority of its diet on the savanna floor, under bushes or at the base of trees that can give protection while they feed.
The Red and Yellow Barbet can readily live along with man if not pressured. It has been known for the Massai tribe of Africa to use the plumage of the Barbet to make decoration to wear.
The Barbet’s song sound like that of the name they are called. It is a beautiful sound that resembles somebody saying “red and yellow” in the English language. The song is usually sung by the Alpha Pair of the flock but the rest of the family will join in to sing the fanciful tune.
They are omnivorous, eating fruits, seeds, small birds, insects such as centipedes, beetles, grasshoppers, locusts termites and ants. If the bird is tame it will eat bread, cereal and ground beef; readily trying most prospective food items.