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Lybius dubius

Western and Central Africa

The bearded barbet is a close relative of the woodpeckers. The bird uses its sharp beak to pound holes into dead trees or stumps. The birds also use their thick beaks to gather insects and fruit. They have teeth-like grooves in their bill, which help them eat and digest their food. The bearded barbets are gregarious birds and often live in groups of four to five.  

Habitat: Forests and dry savannas
Diet: Insects anf fruit
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: 9.5 inches
Weight: 80-108 g
Lifespan: 13-15 years
Reproduction & Offspring: 16 day incubation period.


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