Barbets (Capitonidae)

Double-toothed Barbet (Lybius bidentatus) - HBW 7, p. 195

French: Barbican bidenté German: Doppelzahn-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Bidentado
Other common names: Tooth-billed Barbet

Taxonomy: Bucco bidentatus Shaw, 1798, Nigeria.
Relationship with L. dubius and L. rolleti indicated by plumage pattern and by sexual dimorphism in flank pattern; related also, but less closely, to L. minor and L. melanopterus. Races only slightly differentiated; also, proposed races friedmanni from S Cameroon to Cabinda (N Angola) and aethiops from Ethiopia now included within aequatorialis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bidentatus (Shaw, 1798) - Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E to C Cameroon.
  • aequatorialis (Shelley, 1889) - E Cameroon E to C Ethiopia, S to NW Angola, N Zaire, Burundi and NW Tanzania.

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