Skip to main content
Select Source:

barbet

barbet Brightly coloured, poor-flying tropical bird, known for its monotonous call. It is stout-bodied with a large head, heavy bill, beard-like bristles and short legs. The female lays 2–5 white eggs in a nest hollowed out of a tree branch. Length: 9–30cm (3.5–12in). Family Capitonidae. Genus Megalaima.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"barbet." World Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"barbet." World Encyclopedia. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 24, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/barbet

"barbet." World Encyclopedia. . Retrieved September 24, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/barbet

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.

barbets

barbets See CAPITONIDAE.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"barbets." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"barbets." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 24, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/barbets

"barbets." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Retrieved September 24, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/barbets

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.

barbet

barbetacquit, admit, backlit, bedsit, befit, bit, Brit, Britt, chit, commit, demit, dit, emit, fit, flit, frit, git, grit, hit, intermit, it, kit, knit, legit, lickety-split, lit, manumit, mishit, mitt, nit, omit, outsit, outwit, permit, pit, Pitt, pretermit, quit, remit, retrofit, shit, sit, skit, slit, snit, spit, split, sprit, squit, submit, tit, transmit, twit, whit, wit, writ, zit •albeit, howbeit •poet •bluet, cruet, intuit, suet, Yuit •Inuit • floruit • Jesuit •Babbitt, cohabit, habit, rabbet, rabbit •ambit, gambit •jackrabbit • barbet • Nesbit • rarebit •adhibit, exhibit, gibbet, inhibit, prohibit •titbit (US tidbit) • flibbertigibbet •Cobbett, gobbet, hobbit, obit, probit •orbit • Tobit •cubit, two-bit •hatchet, latchet, ratchet •Pritchett •crotchet, rochet

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"barbet." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"barbet." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 24, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/barbet

"barbet." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Retrieved September 24, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/barbet

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.

Barbets

Barbets

Barbets are about 92 species of medium-sized birds, divided among 13 genera. These comprise the family Capitonidae, in the order Piciformes, which also contains the woodpeckers, toucans, and their allies. Barbets are birds of tropical forests, occurring in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia as far south as Indonesia. However, none of the species of barbets occur in more than one continent. The usual habitat of barbets is tropical forests and savannas.

Barbets are thick-set birds, with species ranging in body length from 3.513 in (933 cm). Barbets have short, rounded wings, a short tail, a large head on a short neck, and a stout, sharp-tipped bill. These birds have a distinctive barbet of bristles around the base of their beak. Like other birds in the order Piciformes, the barbets have short but strong legs, and feet on which two toes point backwards and two forwards. This arrangement of the toes is adaptive to clinging to bark on the sides of trees, while also using the tail feathers as a prop for additional support.

Barbets are brightly colored birds, many of them beautifully so. The basal coloration of many species is bright green, often with white, red, yellow, or blue markings, especially around the head. South American barbets have a different plumage for each sex, but the African and Asian species are not usually dimorphic in this way.

Barbets mostly eat fruits of various sorts. Although they are not migratory, barbets will move about in search of their food, especially wild figs (Ficus spp.), which tend to fruit seasonally. Barbets use their strong bills to crush the hard fruits that they commonly eat. They also feed on insects, and the young birds are raised almost exclusively on that high-protein diet.

Barbets nest in cavities that they excavate themselves in heart-rotted tree trunks, in termite mounds, or in earthen banks. Incubation of the two to four eggs and raising of the young is shared by both sexes of the pair. The young are dependent on their parents for a relatively long time. In some cases, older youngsters will help their parents raise a subsequent brood of babies. Barbets are noisy birds, but they are not particularly musical.

The many-colored or red-crowned barbet (Megalaima rafflesii ) occurs over much of Southeast Asia. This species has a body length of 10 in (25 cm), and is a particularly beautiful bird, with a bright-green back, wings, and belly, bright-red cap and throat, yellow on the forehead, blue on the cheeks, and a black line through the eye. Most other species of bar-bets are similarly attractive in the colors and patterns of their plumage.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Barbets." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Barbets." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 24, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/barbets

"Barbets." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. . Retrieved September 24, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/barbets

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.

Barbets

Barbets

Barbets are about 76 species of medium-sized birds , divided among 13 genera. These comprise the family Capitonidae, in the order Piciformes, which also contains the woodpeckers , toucans , and their allies. Barbets are birds of tropical forests , occurring in Central and South America , Africa , and Asia as far south as Indonesia. However, none of the species of barbets occur in more than one continent . The usual habitat of barbets is tropical forests and savannas.

Barbets are thick-set birds, with species ranging in body length from 3.5-13 in (9-33 cm). Barbets have short, rounded wings, a short tail, a large head on a short neck, and a stout, sharp-tipped bill. These birds have a distinctive "barbet" of bristles around the base of their beak. Like other birds in the order Piciformes, the barbets have short but strong legs, and feet on which two toes point backwards and two forwards. This arrangement of the toes is adaptive to clinging to bark on the sides of trees, while also using the tail feathers as a prop for additional support.

Barbets are brightly colored birds, many of them beautifully so. The basal coloration of many species is bright green, often with white, red, yellow, or blue markings, especially around the head. South American barbets have a different plumage for each sex, but the African and Asian species are not usually dimorphic in this way.

Barbets mostly eat fruits of various sorts. Although they are not migratory, barbets will move about in search of their food, especially wild figs (Ficus spp.), which tend to fruit seasonally. The strong bill of barbets is used to crush the hard fruits that these birds commonly feed upon. Barbets also feed on insects , and the young birds are raised almost exclusively on that high-protein diet.

Barbets nest in cavities that they excavate themselves in heart-rotted stems of trees, in termite mounds, or in earthen banks. Incubation of the two to four eggs and raising of the young is shared by both sexes of the pair. The young are dependent on their parents for a relatively long time. In some cases, older youngsters will help their parents raise a subsequent brood of babies. Barbets are noisy birds, but they are not particularly musical.

The many-colored or red-crowned barbet (Megalaima rafflesii) occurs over much of Southeast Asia. This species has a body length of 10 in (25 cm), and is a particularly beautiful bird, with a bright-green back, wings, and belly, bright-red cap and throat, yellow on the forehead, blue on the cheeks, and a black line through the eye . Most other species of barbets are similarly attractive in the colors and patterns of their plumage.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Barbets." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Sep. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Barbets." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. . Encyclopedia.com. (September 24, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/barbets-0

"Barbets." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science. . Retrieved September 24, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/barbets-0

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.