Barbets (Capitonidae)

Yellow-breasted Barbet (Trachyphonus margaritatus) - HBW 7, p. 176

French: Barbican perlé German: Perlenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudo Perlado

Taxonomy: Bucco margaritatus Cretzschmar, 1826, Sennar, east-central Sudan.
Forms a superspecies with T. erythrocephalus, and the two are sometimes considered conspecific; both are related rather closely to T. darnaudii, less so to T. vaillantii. Validity of subdivision into races perhaps questionable; also, NE Sudan birds, described as race kingi, and those from C Sudan, as berberensis, both considered indistinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • margaritatus (Cretzschmar, 1826) - E Mauritania E to Chad, C & NE Sudan, N Ethiopia, and Eritrea.
  • somalicus Zedlitz, 1910 - E Ethiopia and Djibouti to N Somalia.

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