Friday, 7 May 2021


The Black-collared Barbet is called a Rooikop-houtkapper in Afrikaans which acknowledges two characteristics of this common forest resident:
1. it has a red head, and
2. it uses its formidable bill to chop holes in dead trees to form a nest.
The nest is excavated to a depth of 15 to 25 cm into the vertical trunk of a tree by both sexes.  The sound of their hammering at a dead tree usually leads birdwatchers to their nest-building activity.



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