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The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) is a bird species from the family Lybiidae that is found living in savannas, fynbos, grasslands, and agricultural areas as well as open gardens. They are found mainly in Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. The acacia pied barbet range is found in alien vegetation

Acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) birds are like other barbets. They also act like a woodpecker because they drill holes in deadwood or into dead trees to create holes into which they place their eggs. A female lays around two to four eggs in the breeding season, from August to April, and both parents take care of the eggs. This bird's range of distribution can be found across the world, in regions with abundant forest and woodland habitats. In some regions, they are seen perching on electric wires in urban parks or garden habitats.

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Acacia Pied Barbet

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What do they prey on?

Fruit, insects, nectar

What do they eat?

Omnivore

Average litter size?

2-4 eggs

How much do they weigh?

0.8–1 oz (24.5-28 g)

How long are they?

6.7-7 in (17-18 cm)

How tall are they?

NA

What do they look like?

Red, yellow, black, white, gray

Skin Type

Feathers

What are their main threats?

Loss of habitat

What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Semi-arid savanna regions, alien trees, suburban gardens, fynbos, and orchards

Locations

Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, southern Africa

Kingdom

Animalia

Class

Aves

Scientific Name

Tricholaema leucomelas

Family

Lybiidae

Genus

Tricholaema

Acacia Pied Barbet Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an acacia pied barbet?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) is a type of bird that inhabits semi-arid regions and can also be found in newly introduced alien vegetation. This bird species is very colorful. Different body parts are different colors, such as their red forehead, their black and white striped head, the yellow colored line above their eyes, and their white breasts and underparts.

What class of animal does an acacia pied barbet belong to?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) belongs to the Aves class of animals from the phylum Chordata and the families of Lybiidae and Piciformes. They are medium-sized birds that intake nectar from aloes. Aves is the class for all birds, including the crested bobwhite.

How many acacia pied barbets are there in the world?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) is a species of bird found in southern Africa. An exact number of the population of this bird species is unknown, but it is believed that their population is increasing slowly.

Where does an acacia pied barbet live?

The typical acacia pied barbet distribution range is found across grasslands, semi-arid savanna regions, alien trees, suburban gardens, fynbos and orchards, and urban and agricultural areas. After the introduction of the alien tree, their habitat is changed.

What is an acacia pied barbet's habitat?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) inhabits Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. This species of bird is wild in nature and is not very rare in its habitat.

Who do acacia pied barbets live with?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) sometimes lives alone and occasionally lives in groups. They feed alone, rarely in pairs or groups. A baby acacia pied barbet lives in the nest for about 30-35 days with its parents, where it is taken care of by both parents.

How long does an acacia pied barbet live?

The lifespan of an acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) is recorded to beseven years when living in its natural habitat.

How do they reproduce?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) species reproduces with a sexual mode of reproduction. These birds make nests by drilling a hole in deadwood or in an old tree with damaged wood. They place their eggs in that hole or nest. Female acacia pied barbet birds lay around two to four eggs between August and April and both parents contribute to the incubation of the eggs. They live as a family during the breeding season and when the chicks hatch. They mostly thrive in their own habitat in countries including Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Acacia pied barbets mostly prefer to use a nest excavated from a tree, but they can also use discarded swallow nests.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of the acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

Acacia Pied Barbet Fun Facts

What do acacia pied barbets look like?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) is a very colorful species of bird. Their head is black and white striped and they have a red forehead and yellow coloring above their eyes. Under the chin, there is a black bib and they have breasts and underparts that are white in color. Their wings are colored yellow, white, and black. Baby acacia pied barbet birds lack a red forehead crown. They weigh 0.8–1 oz (24.5-28 g) and are 6.7-7 in (17-18 cm) long. This bird's population mainly ranges from Angola to Zambia, and it is endemic to southern Africa. They mostly breed from August to April and place their eggs in a nest that they make in a dead tree. Their distribution range can be observed in Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique in semi-arid savannah regions.

Acacia pied barbets are colorful birds with distributions of yellow, white, gray, black, and red.

How cute are they?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) is a bird of the Lybiidae family, with a unique appearance because of its colorful body. They look cute and adorable when they are seen in nature.

How do they communicate?

These birds have a melodious voice and their call sounds like a trumpet, with a nasal 'phep-phep' sound. Acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) birds sometimes also make a unique wistful sound like 'poooop' which is repeated at least six to seven times and is then followed by a 'nyeeeaar' sound.

How big is an acacia pied barbet?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) has an overall body size of 6.7-7 in (17-18 cm), which is five times bigger than the Eurasian tree sparrow.

How fast can an acacia pied barbet fly?

The flying speed of an acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) is not currently known, but it is between medium to fast, so it can be classified as flying at a moderate speed.

How much does an acacia pied barbet weigh?

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) weighs 0.8–1 oz (24.5-28 g) which is almost the same as the weight of other barbets, like the coppersmith barbet.

What are their male and female names of the species?

There is no particular name to describe male and female birds of the acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) species.

What would you call a baby acacia pied barbet?

A baby acacia pied barbet is called a chick or a juvenile baby bird. They look almost the same as their parents with black, white, and yellow colors on their bodies, but they do not have a red forecrown.

What do they eat?

The diet of the acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) bird species consists of fruit from different trees like phoenix reclinata trees, ficus and rhus trees, nectar from aloes, and insects.

Are they friendly?

Yes, acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) birds are not only adorable but they are also very friendly. This bird species is tolerant and does not harm other bird species with its long beak. Generally, they are very peaceful.

Would they make a good pet?

This bird species resides in southern Africa in the wild. It is illegal to keep these birds as pets, despite the fact that they are tolerable and peaceful.

Did you know...

The acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) lives in southern Africa in countries including Angola and Zambia. This bird species chooses trees like acacia trees, euphorbia trees, jujube trees, and willow trees in which to make their nests. They breed from August to April and both sexes take care of the eggs for 12-14 days.

The acacia pied barbet  (Tricholaema leucomelas) is now part of the genus Tricholaema, which was invented by two French brothers Jules and Edward in 1855.

Types of acacia pied barbet

There are many types of barbets, including the crested barbet, the toucan barbet, and the African barbet.

Why is it called acacia pied barbet?

The name combines two words that have the meaning 'throat' and 'hair', both of which are key features of this bird species.

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