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Crested Barbet

Crested Barbet
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger NP 2009
Date Submitted: 2011-06-14 9:15
Viewed: 5979
Points: 74
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Crested Barbet / Trachyphonus vaillantii

The Crested Barbet is number 46 in the series of the birds of the Kruger National Park which I am still sharing. Enjoy!

We were very fortunate to see many of these colourful and amusing birds during our holidays in the Kruger National Park. If you thought that little baboons and monkeys were funny, you can definitely add these "clowns" to your list. They are quite photogenic and we were privileged to have been able to capture quite a number of great images in different poses.

Length: 23 to 24 cm; Weight: 70 grams.

Crested Barbet has a beautiful colourful plumage. Upperparts, back and wings, are black with white specks and crescents. We can see a broad black band on the rear neck. Tail is black barred with white, with white terminal edge. Rump is red, and under parts is yellow. Upper breast shows a broad black band, finely spotted with white, and bordered with white, contrasting with the lower yellow breast, streaked with red. Belly is yellow. It has a colourful head, with a black crest. Head is yellow, and we can see fine red scaling. Face is mostly red. Chin is yellow. Short bill is strong and pale yellow. Eyes are reddish-brown, with olive-green bare skin as an eye ring. Legs and feet are greenish-grey. Female is slightly duller than male.

Crested Barbet's common call is a long trill "di-di-di" uttered during 30 seconds and sometimes up to 5 minutes. It is a very vocal bird and this trill may continue for long periods. It usually calls from an exposed branch. Both mates sometimes perform duets, by overlapping parts of their songs. The alarm call is a rapid rattle "kek-kek-kek".

Crested Barbet feeds on insects and fruit, but also on worms, snails and bird eggs.

Crested Barbet frequents gardens and parks, exotic plantations, woodlands and riverine bushveld, tree savannahs and watercourses. It is usually seen from 200 to 1800 metres of elevation.

Crested Barbet spends most of its time foraging on the ground, searching for food. It likes to bounce around the ground. It also forages in bushes and trees for insects and fruit. It probes into the bark crevices and among lichens, and may hang from the leaves for insects. It also frequents bird feeders. It is often solitary or in pairs. They are monogamous. They are territorial and aggressive. Both male and female will chase off nest competitors and other birds entering into their territory. They may attack rats and snakes, and kill snakes. When it is feeding, it looks around all the time for intruders or predators.

They nest in a hole in a tree. They nest in September to December, often during the rainy season, but that depends, according to the region, and may be variable. Both adults excavate the hole. It includes an entrance tunnel and an enlarged nesting chamber. They excavate the wood, forming a cavity where they roost and nest. This work may take 18 days to one month. Female lays 1-5 eggs, at one day intervals. Incubation begins with second or third egg laid, and lasts about 13-17 days, by female at night, and by both parents during the day. Chicks hatch altricial, naked and blind. They are fed by both parents with insects, numerous times by day. Parents clean the nest, removing faecal materials. Young fledge at about one month of age. This species produces one to five broods per season.

Crested Barbet doesn’t fly easily. It prefers to perform short flights. Source

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hi Anna,
very nice and interesting bird. Perfect point of view. Amazing colours. Very good sharpness. Also very nice blue sky.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Anna, congratulations for this wonderful and funny bird which you present on TN, very nice perspective, details and colors, nice compo too,

have a nice time,

ciao, tino

Hi Anna,

A great shot of this beatifull colored bird,you captured it very nice,well done and TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-06-14 10:54]

Hello Anna,
This Crested Barbet is one of my favorite African birds. Fantastic photo in superb sharpness, details and a great POV and composition. Very beautiful saturated and natural colours in gorgeous light. And that all against a splendid blue sky in the BG. A little masterpiece!

Ciao Anna. Very good POV for a brilliant focused taken. Exciting colours.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-14 11:34]

Hello Anna,
A very fine capture of the Crowned Barbet, posing proudly for your camera. The POV, colours and sharpness are excellent and he contrasts nicely against the clear blue sky in fine lighting. The excellent composition compleats the attraction of this superb image.
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Anna, fantastic bird on a beautiful blue sky, nfine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-14 11:53]

Hello Anna,
Lovely bird , lovely pic! You have a amazing archive! I am looking foward to see more! TFS
Regards from,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-06-14 12:05]

Hello Anna,
What a fine view of this elegant Barbet with a fine crest and beautiful bib! Lovely light and colours, sharp details and it stands out well against the bright blue sky.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Anna
great image of this crested Barbet, the superb plumage is well captured, details are sharp,the colors are beautiful, fine pose against a wonderful blue sky
TFS and have a good night

This bird has a character to it, Anna. In human terms, I would consider it a very "fashionble" individual donning a motley "attire" to look chic. Its crest literally tops it all.
A very sharp and clear image against the blue sky. The angle of exposure is difficult but well controlled.
This Barbet is a new species for me and I really enjoyed looking at it. Thanks!

Hello Anna

Excellent photo of the Crested Barbet with
fine POV and framing, beautiful light,
excellent contrast, great focus sharpness details,
as always the catch-light render the photo
more beautiful, TFS


This bird looks like an Aztek king! Extraordinary! regards yiannis

Hello Anna
As usual, a great shot! Nice point of view, good detail and colors. Nice catchlight in the eye! Well done!

Hello Anna,
A splendid capture with very nice colors, details and excellent focus.
A very interesting looking bird. Amazing feders and colors.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Anna,
I'm enjoying your series of the birds so much and cannot wait for the next one to be placed. Hope my bird photo's will one day be as good as yours. Truly a beautiful image. TFS.(Hoop jy rus more)

hello Anna
very nice picture with good details and lovely colours
greeting lou

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2011-06-15 18:08]

Bonsoir Anna,

Very interesting bird. You captured it beautifully. Sharp focus, good exposure with dense saturated colors. Bird is well isolated against the blue sky. Very nice work and TFS.


Hallo Anna,
Ek glo dit steeds nie. Ek dink dit is met ten minste 'n 1000 mm lens afgeneem :) Wonderlik, wonderlik, wonderlik. Jy bewys twee dinge hier: Tegnologie sonder talent is nie veel werd nie en, Zeiss maak wonderlike lense. Beste wense.

Hello Anna,

Thank you very much for sharing with us this amazing picture of an amazing bird! The different colors are very surprising and the bird is nicely sharp. Maybe the whole image is a little bit dark on my display and I'm wandering if you could have been able to add more light on the bird.

Nice composition and very nice crest!

Well done and TFS,


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-06-17 19:19]

Hello Anna,
Whenever I see one of these unique looking birds I think of a punk rocker in full stage attire. The unusual and colorful features in it's plumage make him a real standout amongst other birds.
You have captured this particular one in a great pose and against an attractive sky blue BG. The detail is superb and the exposure is right on the money. TFS.

Hi Anna,

an nice capture from this bird.
Exellent sharpness, eye contact an d details .
The blue sky are an nice bg.
Fine colors.


Hello Anna,
Beautiful picture of this Crested Barbet bird, great sharpness details, lovely highlighted eye, wonderful contrast against the blue sky, very well captured,
Thanks for sharing and have a goodnight,
Best Regards,

Hello Anna,
very well captured bird this is. great detail and very natural color. dark blue sky enhance the picture quality.
well done my friend.

Hallo Anna,
a very beautiful portrait of this spectacular bird, good sharpness and fantastic colours, an excellent point of view with a lovely pose of this colourful bird against a splendid blue sky
Have a good weekend

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-06-24 14:51]

Haha... What a great looking bird! Love the hairdo.
Anna, you are doing such a magnificent job with your series.
I am learning so much from each and everyone of your posts that I see.
What an amazing "coat" as well for this barbet.
So many textures, so many colors.
I sure hope Loot is feeling better.
TFS. : )

Hi Anna,

the branch is helping to frame the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Crested barbet. the morning light is embellishing the colors. Have a nice day.


Bellísimo... y rarísimo especímen Anna.
Buen equilibrio del conjunto en un excelente encuadre. El azul de fondo es muy adecuado.
Otro documento Made in Anne para Tn !
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-06-25 2:22]

Hi Anna,
beautiful subject, great composition, very nice colors.
Excellent contrast with the blue sky.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Anna
Impressive bird and beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

You certainly made good use of your viit to Kruger. I do hope you also had time to relax without a camera glued to your eye, but perhaps you are like me. Always getting ready for the next shot. Great image of a bird with some character!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-28 7:50]

Hello Anna,
wonderful view in view in superb sharpness! Lovely features in well seen details and colours. Really an amazing creature with pretty patterns. I really love the feathers and the curve branch gives a lovely artistic composition.
Excellent presentation.


Hello Anna,
very nice capture of this beautiful bird taken with good eye contact. Fine sharpness with many details. I also like the good light and the wonderful colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Anna,
This is amazing picture. I love it.
Very interestic species.
Have a good day.

Anna, Great shot of this beautiful bird. Outstanding photo. Thanks for commenting on my mallards. Bill

Hi Anna,
This is a very good image .. the blue sky make this fellow stand out the details and the pattrens on its body is amazing. the catch light adds life to this image.. Convey my regards to old buddy Loot :-)
Goutham Ramesh

Hello Anna
What a rebel looking birds you've captured it like it's smiling a little bit, a sort of a sneaky smile he he ,beautiful colors, details, composition and light. Well done and have a nice Sunday!
Regards Hedesan

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