Double-toothed Barbet

Lybius bidentatus

Double-toothed Barbet, lybius bidentatus, photo © by Michael Plagens

In a garden where ripe guavas were the main attraction. Kapenguria, Kenya. July 2014.

These colorful, active birds are frequent in trees with ripening fruit such as guavas. They also eat insects. Not seen in the photo is a long, wide tail in black. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills.

Lybiidae -- Barbet Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, created 27 March 2015