barbet

/bahr"bit/, n.
any of several stocky, tropical birds of the family Capitonidae, having a stout bill with bristles at the base.
[1745-55; < F L barbatus; see BARBATE]

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Any of about 75 species of tropical birds (family Capitonidae) named for the bristles at the base of their stout, sharp bill.

They are big-headed and short-tailed, 3.5–12 in. (9–30 cm) long, and greenish or brownish with splashes of bright colours or white. Barbets are found throughout Central America and in northern South America, in sub-Saharan Africa, and in South Asia. They all fly weakly, and they sit in treetops when not feeding on insects, lizards, birds' eggs, fruits, and berries. They call loudly while jerking the head or tail. Maddeningly vocal or repetitious species are sometimes called brain-fever birds.

Crimson-headed barbet (Capito bourcieri).

C. Laubscher-Bruce Coleman Inc./EB Inc.

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      any of about 75 species of tropical birds constituting the family Capitonidae (order Piciformes). Barbets are named for the bristles at the bases of their stout, sharp bills. They are big-headed, short-tailed birds, 9–30 cm (3.5–12 inches) long, greenish or brownish, with splashes of bright colours or white. The smallest barbets are known as tinkerbirds (tinkerbird) (see tinkerbird). The distribution of the family spans Central America to northern South America; sub-Saharan Africa; and Southeast Asia, eastward only to Borneo and Bali. All are nonmigratory.

      Barbets sit stolidly in treetops when not feeding on insects, lizards, birds' eggs, fruit, and berries. Some climb like woodpeckers; all fly weakly. The nest is a hole, dug with the beak, high up in a rotting tree or in a termite nest.

      Barbets call loudly, jerking the head or tail; a male and a female may call alternately or together. Some species, such as the coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala) of Asia and the African tinkerbirds of the genus Pogoniulus, are noted for their ringing calls. Maddeningly vocal or repetitious species are sometimes called brain-fever birds.

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