Black-billed Barbet (Lybius guifsobalito) - HBW 7, p. 192
French: Barbican quifsobalito
Spanish: Barbudo Guifsobalito
Taxonomy: Lybius guifsobalito Hermann, 1783, Ethiopia.
Closely related to L. torquatus (similar size, coloration, displays, sexual duet roles), but not so close as to form a superspecies with it, although each reacts strongly to playback of the other’s voice. Also related, less closely, to L. rubrifacies. Birds become smaller clinally from N to S, but insufficient for racial differentiation; populations from White Nile southwards formerly separated as race ugandae. Monotypic.
Distribution: E Sudan, Eritrea and W & C Ethiopia, S to extreme NE Zaire, C Uganda, W Kenya and CN Tanzania; range expanding in W Kenya. Recently reported from N Cameroon, so may occur in Central African Republic.
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VideosSee all 8 videos
A bird in a tree. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 25 November 2005 8 years ago 42 sec 4.4
A bird in a tree, preening. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 25 November 2005 8 years ago 21 sec 4.2
A bird feeding on fruits in a tree Locality Hora Crater Lake, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 27 October 2013 11 weeks ago 20 sec 4
bird perching Locality Soroti, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Daniêl Jimenez 6 October 2010 3 years ago 41 sec 4
A bird swallowing a seed at Lake Langano Hotel. Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Ron Hoff 11 December 2007 6 years ago 16 sec 3.9
A bird perched on a treetop and flying away Locality Hawassa, Awassa Lake, SNNPR Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Ron Hoff 1 December 2007 6 years ago 33 sec 3.6
PhotosSee all 9 photos
Black-billed Barbet (Lybius guifsobalito)
Locality Melka Ghebdu, Ethiopia
Jacques Erard 5 October 2009 18 weeks ago 4
Perched in a tree.
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aequatorialis)
David Beadle 3 February 2009 1 year ago 3.6
a bird on a branch
Locality Debre Zeit, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Stefan Helming 12 July 2009 4 years ago 3.3
Bird in a tree.
Locality Yeha, Tigray Region, Ethiopia
Christian Weiss 16 November 2010 3 years ago 3
A bird in a Jacaranda tree by lake Langano, Ethiopia
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Stefan Helming 28 December 2008 5 years ago 3
Perched on a branch.
Locality Bilen Lodge, Awash National Park, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Ken Havard 11 November 2011 1 year ago 2.8
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