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FEATURE


Every morning our Gilded Barbets knock with their strong bills against the food dish while awaiting their breakfast. Latest by now, when the Gilded Barbets so clearly show their systematic relationship with the woodpeckers, this surely brings a smile to the keeper’s faces.


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The Gilded Barbet takes its name from its appearance. Its strong bill is surrounded by forward standing bristles, which give the birds their characteristic look and which are name-giving for the complete bird family.


Male Gilded Barbet


Appearance The Gilded Barbet takes its name from its appearance. Its strong bill is surrounded by forward standing bristles, which give the birds their characteristic look and which are name-giving for the complete bird family. Just like all Piciformes the first and forth toe is directed to the front, while the second and third toe is directed towards the back. You have to love these birds also because of their plumage! Gilded Barbets show – like other South American barbets, but unlike most other African and Asian barbets – a strong sexual dimorphism. The male has a black back with yellow spots, black wings with distinct white spots, a black head with a yellow parting, a yellow belly and an orange breast. In contrast, the female has a black-yellow brindled plumage, which is clearly brighter at the belly and clearly darker on the back.


s soon as the animal keepers enter the bird house they are welcomed by a loud and impatient knocking.


BIRD SCENE 17


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