Mystery Bird: Red-and-Yellow Barbet, Trachyphonus erythrocephalus

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[Mystery bird] Red-and-Yellow Barbet, Trachyphonus erythrocephalus, photographed in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]

Image: Dan Logen, 29 August 2007 [larger view].

Nikon D2X, Nikon 200-400 VR lens at 400 mm. ISO 200, 1/200, f/7.1.

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You seem determined to force me to buy a Tanzanian field guide, if such a thing is even available. Oh well, based on my birds of Kenya... Red-and-yellow Barbet, possibly a female of the nominate subspecies based on the amount of red on the head.

HI:
Try: The Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe. It covers Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. And I agree, the bird is a Red and Yellow Barbet.

By Ian Paulsen (not verified) on 05 Aug 2009 #permalink

Red-and-Yellow Barbet Trachyphonus erythrocephalus, for the reasons stated above.

At this rate I'll never put my Sinclair and Ryan "Birds of Africa south of the Sahara" back on my shelf!

Thanks for the field guide recommendations!