July202012

This is the Red and Yellow Barbet (Trachyphonus erythrocephalus), which is constantly mistaken for a woodpecker. Not that you can really blame everyone, for that strong red bill is long, thick, and pointed - just like a woodpecker’s. The spotted pattern and flush of red also make it seem a bit woodpecker-esque.

Unlike a woodpecker, though, these birds aren’t interested in poking at trees. They mainly deal with termite mounds for food, as well as for a nesting site. The birds will tunnel about 40 cm into one of the mounds where they will then make a small chamber which they fill with grass and several Barbet feathers.

Read more @ A Case of Mistaken Identity, Barbet Style

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