Saturday, January 19, 2013
Rather B Birdin: Black-Spotted Barbet
A Black-Spotted Barbet (Capito niger). There are several subspecies that may look radically different, one has a much darker, almost black plumage for example. The species lives in much of South Africa, its habitat are forest and woodlands. They are usually found alone or in pairs, bigger groups can be seen on trees that are bearing a rich crop of fruit, though. Apart from fruit, they supplement their diet with insects and nectar.
There are barbets all over the world. They are related to woodpeckers and toucans. The big, sturdy beak is something all barbets have in common (as far as I know).
More birds at I'd Rather b Birdin. Photos were taken at Wilhelma, Stuttgart.
Wikipedia, German and English
Internet Bird Collection