The D’Arnaud’s Barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii) is a small east African bird.
The D’Arnaud’s Barbet has a yellow head with black spots and a narrow, black crown. Its upperparts are black with white spots, and its underparts are yellow with black spots. It has bristles (called barbets) on its pinky-cream beak.
It grows to about 16 centimetres (6 inches).
It prefers semi-arid deserts, scrublands, and wooded savannahs.
The D’Arnaud’s Barbet feeds on insects, fruits, berries, and seeds.
It nests in a vertical tunnel, about one metre (3 feet) into the ground, with a sideways and upward turn that leads to the nest chamber. Females lay 2-4 eggs.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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