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 - Prong-billed Barbet
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Prong-billed Barbet Semnornis frantzii

Brandon Buckio
Version: 1.0 — Published June 3, 2011

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The Prong-billed Barbet is in a genus, Semnornis, that recently has been elevated to the rank of a family, Semnornithidae. The Prong-billed Barbet is restricted to the moss and epiphyte-laden cloud-forest along the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica and western Panama. Unlike most of the other New World barbets, it has a rather uniform dull tawny brown plumage throughout, with a heavy gray bill, and red eye. Males have a tuft of elongated, black, stiff feathers on the nape. It is found in pairs or small groups (sometimes of a dozen or more) that often forage together. This species feeds mainly on fruit, but sometimes takes insects. The call a loud resonating cackle of “haw” notes, often given as a duet with others from the canopy. Like other species of barbets and toucans, the Prong-billed Barbet roosts and nests in cavities of trees.

Distribution of the Prong-billed Barbet - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Prong-billed Barbet

Recommended Citation

Buckio, B. (2011). Prong-billed Barbet (Semnornis frantzii), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.prbbar1.01