This attractive barbet is one of the reasons my passion for birding was rekindled. We were visiting our family in December 2009 on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal when I spotted this species near to our parent’s home. It reminded me of the diversity of birdlife we have in South Africa as well as how much I had enjoyed birding as a youngster. Since then it has all been downhill.
This black-and-white species is a common resident in coastal forest and bush and is prone to feed more frequently on the ground than other members of the family.