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Bearded Barbet

Pogonornis dubius


  • Tropical West Africa


  • Open forests with tall trees


  • Fruits
  • Insects

Barbets are closely related to Toucans, and more distantly to Woodpeckers.

No living birds have teeth. However, this species has prehistoric-looking saw-like edges on their beak to help make slicing through the stems of fruits easy. This specialized beak also aids in boring holes into rotten trees where bearded barbets roost and lay eggs.

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