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Hairy-breasted Barbet - BirdForum Opus

Photo by jc122463
Kakamega, Kenya
Tricholaema hirsuta


17–18 cm (6¾-7 in)

  • Black uppperparts with yellow spots
  • Yellow edges to wing feathers


Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegal, Senegambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Zaire Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • T. h. hirsuta:
  • T. h. flavipunctata:
  • T. h. angolensis:
  • T. h. ansorgii:


Lowland primary forest and adjacent dense secondary forests.



Their diet consists of fruit and arthropods. The fruits include berries and figs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)

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