Barbets (Capitonidae)

Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii) - HBW 7, p. 175

French: Barbican promépic German: Haubenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Crestado
Other common names: Levaillant’s Barbet

Taxonomy: Trachyphonus Vaillantii Ranzani, 1821, south-east Cape Province.
Forms a link between forest-dwelling T. purpuratus and typical ground barbets such as group including T. erythrocephalus and T. darnaudii, being intermediate in bill morphology and some plumage features. Racial differentiation difficult to evaluate, owing to mosaic evolution (correlated with rainfall, birds being paler in more xeric areas) and individual variation; proposed race nobilis, known from single specimen from Botswana, now included within nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • suahelicus Reichenow, 1887 - C Angola, S & E Zaire and SW Uganda to N Tanzania, S to Zambia, N Zimbabwe, Malawi and C Mozambique.
  • vaillantii Ranzani, 1821 - S Angola, NE Namibia, N & E Botswana, S Zimbabwe, and from S Mozambique S to E South Africa.