Red faced Barbet also known as Lybius rubrifacies is one of the notable bird species always sought after by travelers on birding safaris in Uganda.
Belonging to the family Lybiidae, the Red-faced Barbet lives in dry and moist savannah habitat along with Arable land and the Uganda Safari tour destination
of Lake Mburo National Park is noted to be the only habitat in Uganda
where this bird species is known to thrive. Other places include; the Rwanda Safari destination of Akagera National Park, North West of Tanzania and Burundi.
It is recorded among the smaller Lybius species stretching to 17cm in
length marked with red coloring on the face side while the dorsal head
side features black color. The Red-faced Barbet has yellow wings along
with black body as viewed on Uganda birding safaris and tours. The Red-faced Barbet is monomorphic where both male and female are similar in terms of size and behavior.
Faced Barbets live in groups of five (5) and above and consume
primarily on berries, seeds, insects and figs. Their breeding happens in
the months February, March and October.
The International Union
for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the Red-faced barbet as near
threatened on its red list. Its population continues to reduce due to
habitat loss including the degazzettement of a section of Akagera
National Park that caused a drastic decline of their populations during