The Green barbet occurs in isolated populations in Africa,
including one in southern Africa in the Ongoye forest, KwaZulu-Natal.
Due its extremely localized distribition, it is listed as Threatened in
southern Africa. Its diet is almost exclusively made up of fruit, especially
figs, occasionally eating insects. Both sexes excavate the nest, which is usually a small chamber dug into a
dead, decaying upright tree trunk. With one breeding pair, the female
produced five eggs which were incubated by both sexes for 18 days. The chicks
stayed stayed in the nest for 29 days.
Distribution and habitat
Occurs in a series of isolated
populations from Tanzania to South Africa, where it can be only be found in the
Ongoye Forest, KwaZulu-Natal. This area consists mostly of coastal scarp forest
with a large amount of fig (Ficus) trees.
Both sexes excavate the nest, which is usually a small chamber dug into a
dead upright tree trunk.
Egg-laying season is from November-January.
In one study, the female produced five eggs which were incubated
by both sexes for 18 days.
The chicks, who where fed regularly by both parents.
They stayed in the nest for 29 days, after which they dispersed.
Vulnerable, due its isolated populations in Africa.
In South Africa, it occurs only in the Ongoye forest, where it is actually quite
common. Nevertheless, protection of this forest's fruit trees is crucial to the
survival of this species.
Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Roberts
- Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker
Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.
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