Barbets (Capitonidae)

Naked-faced Barbet (Gymnobucco calvus) - HBW 7, p. 177

French: Barbican chauve German: Glatzenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Calvo

Taxonomy: Bucco calvus Lafresnaye, 1841, Ashanti, Ghana.
Apparently related rather closely to G. sladeni and G. peli. Birds from Mt Cameroon S to Gabon formerly separated from nominate, as race major. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • calvus (Lafresnaye, 1841) - Sierra Leone E to Cameroon and Gabon.
  • congicus Chapin, 1932 - W Congo (Brazzaville) and W Zaire S to NW Angola.
  • vernayi Boulton, 1931 - WC Angolan uplands.