Acacia Pied Barbet

Scientific Name:
Tricholaema leucomela
Angola, Botswana, eastern Eswatini, western Lesotho, southern Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, southern Zambia, Zimbabwe

About the Acacia Pied Barbet

The Acacia pied barbet (Tricholaema leucomelas) is a small bird species belonging to the barbet family, characterised by its striking black and white plumage. Here's some information about it:


Acacia pied barbets are commonly found in dry savannahs and woodland habitats, particularly those with scattered acacia trees. They are distributed across sub-Saharan Africa, ranging from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east and down to South Africa.


These birds measure around 17 to 19 centimeters (6.7 to 7.5 inches) in length. They have a stout build with a short tail and a distinctive large bill, typical of barbets.

Best Viewing

Given their preference for savannahs and woodlands with acacia trees, your best bet for viewing Acacia pied barbets would be in these habitats within their range. Look for them perched on branches, often in small groups or pairs. They can be quite vocal, so listen for their distinct calls, which can help locate them. Additionally, early mornings or late afternoons tend to be good times for birdwatching as they are often more active during these times.