Below is a video clip of some Black-Collard Barbets which I have filmed in a few different locations.
The Black Collared Barbet is quite common in the Southern regions of Africa. It’s quite a cute-looking bird, with a big red head and neck. It obviously has a black ring (or collar) around its throat – hence its name.
It also has quite distinct red eyes. His back is brown-ish with a black beak.
Feeding Habits of Black-Collared Barbets
I got quite a bit of footage of them munching on leaves and berries in the tree. Generally they love fruits and insects such as flies, ants and BEES! I was amazed when I learnt that, and the ecstatic when I actually caught it on film.
At one stage in the clip below, a bee flies close to the Barbet. He makes a lunge for it and gobbles it down.
General Habits of the Barbet
They are often in pairs and, like the Egyptian Geese, are monogamous and will only find another partner if the current one dies. They love to perch and preen themselves, on both natural and man-made structures.
Check out the video (I recommend watching it on full-screen with some decent volume), and let me know what you think:
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