Barbets, a group of birds known for the feathery bristles that adorn their stout bills, come in various stunning varieties. Among them is the Usambiro Barbet, a subspecies of the D’Arnaud’s Barbet, distinguished by its longer wings, shorter tail, and darker bill.
This plump-looking bird features a head with a faint yellow hue and black spots. Its breast displays a vibrant yellow-orange color with black flecks, and below it lies a dark breast band.
The wings exhibit a striking black and white pattern, while the vent boasts a rusty shade of red.
With a proud, large beak fringed with a colorful display of feathery bristles in hues ranging from fluorescent orange and green to bright yellow and white, both male and female Usambiro Barbets possess similar appearances.
These birds are primarily found in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, particularly in and around the Maasai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park.
They prefer to inhabit open areas such as savannahs, open grasslands, shrublands, and pastures.
The Usambiro Barbet is primarily a solitary bird, and it enjoys a diverse diet, with a particular preference for a wide variety of fruits. Occasionally, it ventures into plantations to feed on cultivated fruits and vegetables.
Additionally, it consumes a range of insects, including ants, cicadas, dragonflies, crickets, locusts, beetles, centipedes, and scorpions. These barbets are believed to play a crucial role in seed dispersal.
When it comes to nesting, these birds prefer tree cavities. The female typically lays 2-4 eggs, which she incubates for approximately 13-15 days. Both male and female barbets share parental duties.
While the Usambiro Barbet’s habitat is restricted to a specific range, it is currently not considered to be under immediate threat. However, the conservation of its habitat remains important to ensure the long-term survival and well-being of this remarkable species.
Please LIKE and SHARE to your friends and family!