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Chaplin's Barbet

Lybius chaplini

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A mid-sized white barbet with red around the eyes, and a dark bill, tail and wings, endemic to a restricted portion of south-central Zambia. Immature duskier than adult. Pairs and small family groups are low-density residents in open woodland, where it is dependent on Sycamore Fig trees. The similar Black-backed Barbet differs from Chaplin’s Barbet by having a pale bill, dark back, and red and black on the crown; other pale-headed barbets lack red on the face. Call is an extended dry cackle reminiscent of a group of Green Woodhoopoes.

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