The Bearded Barbet was one of my target birds when I visited a lodge on the banks of the Benoue River in North East Cameroon. It is a common resident breeder in tropical west Africa and gets its name from the bristles which fringe its heavy bill. It is somewhat unique in the fact that its top bill has 2 deep grooves running perpendicular to the bill on each side.
I stumbled across a pair of them on my second day in Cameroon while walking around the camp, which was located on the banks of the Benoue River. Hopefully I will get more chances to see them in the future, as they are awesome looking birds.