The final genus of African barbets are the Trachyphonus tribe.

These mostly yellow and red birds have repetitive, hard churring calls, hence their name that translates as ‘rough-voice”. The southern African version is Crested Barbet and supports a floppy black crest. Due to its rather random collection of white spots, red blotches, yellow and black, it as also known collo uially as !"ruit-salad”. "rom #ast Africa, $rested is replaced by Red-and-yellow, an unusual species that nests in termite mounds. Yellow-breasted occurs in the dry woodlands to the north of %ed-andyellow, stretching westwards along the fringes of the arid &ahel. The curious D’Arnaud’s Barbet is a social species of dry north-east Africa that has a uaint tail-wagging clockwork-like display. "inally Yellow-billed, the largest of all our barbets. 't is an aberrant species that in my opinion should be in its own monotypic genus. 't differs from the rest of its sister species by its great si(e, bare yellow facial skin, the fact that it lives in the rainforest (one where is keeps concealed in dense tangles or high canopy from whence it utters a deep booming hoot that is repeated almost endlessly, much to the frustration of birders who generally spend hours fruitlessly searching for this ventrilo uist) *hen lucking into a good view, its dark plumage turns into purples, mauves and even pinks, a beautiful bird belying the fieldguides that usually depict it far too dull, unlike the attractive living version.

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