Barbets (Capitonidae)

Hairy-breasted Barbet (Tricholaema hirsuta) - HBW 7, p. 187

French: Barbican hérissé German: Fleckenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Hirsuto
Other common names: Hairy-breasted Toothbill; Spot-headed Barbet (flavipunctata)

Taxonomy: Pogonias hirsutus Swainson, 1821, Ghana.
No close relatives. Exact delimitation of races difficult owing to intergradation; nominate and race flavipunctata hybridize over an extensive zone, roughly from Ghana to S Nigeria; proposed races hybrida (Niger Delta) and chapini (SE Cameroon E to C Zaire) considered indistinguishable from, respectively, nominate and ansorgii. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • hirsuta (Swainson, 1821) - Sierra Leone E to SC Nigeria (Niger Delta).
  • flavipunctata J. Verreaux & E. Verreaux, 1855 - from at least SE Nigeria through Cameroon (except SE) to C Gabon.
  • ansorgii Shelley, 1895 - SE Cameroon E to W Kenya, S to E Congo, C Zaire and NW Tanzania.
  • angolensis Neumann, 1908 - S Gabon and S Congo S to NW Angola and S Zaire.