D'Arnaud's Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii
D'Arnaud's Barbet is a small 7" (18cm) bird, with a dark brown mantle and wings, with white spots. Its pale yellow head has streaks of orange and buff. Depending on the gene-pool, crowns are either black or black with white spots. Its yellow throat has a black spot in the centre. The yellow feathers on its face and beneath its bill have black tips. The underparts are off-white. Its tail is barred black and yellow. Habits
D'Arnaud's Barbet are usually found in pairs, that breed in holes in the ground. They are often seen sunning themselves in the morning light. Diet
D'Arnaud's Barbet eat insects, small fruits and seeds. Resident
D'Arnaud's Barbet are seen in all areas of Kenya, except for the Mara GR (see below). Mostly found where bush and scrub meet grassy plains. Extra D'Arnaud's Barbet Facts
D'Arnaud's Barbet is endemic to Africa.
The name Barbet comes from the fringe over the beak (barbe, a French word, meaning beard).
A distinctive reddish orange patch under the tail comes into play, when male and female display. Sitting opposite each other, their tails are like metronomes, they sing together "doo, doo, dee, dok, doo, doo, dee, dok
A species local to the Masai Mara, is known as the Usambiro Barbet
, although many people feel the two species are conspecific. Photographs
Photographed in Kenya's Lake Baringo.