Barbets
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Crested Barbet L: 23 cm (9") This thickset, pale-billed, crested, fiery-coloured barbet is a common, widespread and conspicuous resident bird in Kruger’s woodlands . It gives an incessant unmusical dry trill, rising towards the end – like a broken tickertape machine . Pairs have a strong bond, and duetting throughout the year helps to strengthen their relationship . It is the most terrestrial of the barbets, frequently hopping on the ground to feed on insects, although it also takes fruits . Yellow-frontedTinkerbird L: 12 cm (4·5") Tinkerbirds are tiny, woodland barbets . This species is told by its yellow-orange forehead patch and prominently white-speckled black shoulders and back of the head . The similar Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (not illustrated), which is rare in Kruger, lacks a forehead patch . The Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird is locally uncommon north of the Levuvu River and also around Pretoriuskop in the southwest of the park; it is rare elsewhere . The repetitive “pokpok -pok” call can last for minutes, and is often the first sign that the bird is present . It favours the fruits of mistletoe and figs, and is an important dispersal agent of these plants . Smallish, thickset, short-legged, large-headed birds with a stout bill; most are boldly patterened and have distinctive calls. They nest in tree holes. Barbets 108 Black-collared Barbet L: 20 cm (8") A chunky, bulky-headed barbet with a pale lemon-yellow belly and a black hood and collar splashed with irregularly edged vivid scarlet on the face and breast . It is a common resident throughout Kruger, including in most of the camps . It sings a characteristic duet “two-pudley, two-pudley, two-pudley” that can go on for a minute or more . The preferred food is the fruits of figs and waterberries, although it will eat other fruits and insects, especially when feeding chicks . This barbet is a co-operative breeder, with helpers assisting with nest excavation, defence, incubation and feeding chicks . They either excavate their own hole or commandeer the nest of woodpeckers or glossy-starlings . BIRDS OF BROADLEAVED WOODLAND AND CAMPS 109 ...