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Pied Barbet - African Colors An Acacia Pied Barbet visits a watering hole in Namibia, southwestern Africa.  As the name states, this bird occurs within the Acacia (thorn trees and bush) habitat, its colors blending in perfectly with its surroundings, especially when these bush and trees are in bloom.  I will attach a photograph of such Acacia trees in bloom so that you can compare the matching colors.  Thus camouflage is excellent, although it does not look like it in this image. <br />
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The strong and rather large beak shows this bird&#039;s feeding potential, probably focused on hard shelled seeds, and possibly to break open tough pods of the Acacia in order to get to the seeds. <br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/26200/blackthorn_-_acacia_mellifera_-_invasive_beauty.html" title="Blackthorn - Acacia mellifera - Invasive Beauty"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2011/26200_thumb.JPG?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1634774410&Signature=YCx64YmeIK%2F1ZKuofCUtxybvG%2Bs%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Blackthorn - Acacia mellifera - Invasive Beauty A Blackthorn (Acacia mellifera) in bloom during the start of the African summer.  This bush is considered an &quot;invasive&quot; species as basically it sucks up all the rain water surrounding its root system, and deny grass from growing around it as sunlight is also consumed first by the bush.  Because it prevents grass species from growing, its title as invasive and &quot;problem bush&quot; was given.  Naturally it also reproduces at a fast speed.     Geotagged,Invasive species,Namibia,Senegalia mellifera,Winter,bloom,flower,invasive,smell,sweet,white" /></a></figure>  (Acacia mellifera in bloom)<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/26201/camel_thorn_tree_blossoms_-_golden_balls.html" title="Camel Thorn Tree Blossoms - Golden Balls"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2011/26201_thumb.JPG?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1634774410&Signature=OBnRFvTwzDPu%2FXvpubOtpA4yUy0%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Camel Thorn Tree Blossoms - Golden Balls The age-old and classic tree, Camel Thorn.  Photographed in Namibia, but occurring through-out most of Southern Africa.  This tree represents power and strength.  It can grow hundreds of years old, and with a very deep tap root system, survive the severest of droughts.  Thus its apparent immortality is admired by all within countries like Namibia.  <br />
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Because of the extreme tap root, these trees are also used by water drillers (borehole or well drillers) who look for areas where these giant trees lie in line, indicating the water vein direction underground.  It is protected in Namibia and basically all the big trees are considered National Monuments - this determined once the tree exceeds 50 years of life.  Then, needless to say, the penalty for illegal harvesting a tree becomes extreme.  <br />
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A lovely tree that is used by a great variety of animals and birds alike.  For the Giraffe, these golden sweet balls are irresistible.   Geotagged,Namibia,Vachellia erioloba,Winter,balls,bloom,flower,golden,grand,magnificent,monument,summer" /></a></figure>  (Acacia erioloba in bloom). Acacia pied barbet,Geotagged,Namibia,Tricholaema leucomelas,Winter,beak,beautiful,camouflage,red,shy,yellow Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Pied Barbet - African Colors

An Acacia Pied Barbet visits a watering hole in Namibia, southwestern Africa. As the name states, this bird occurs within the Acacia (thorn trees and bush) habitat, its colors blending in perfectly with its surroundings, especially when these bush and trees are in bloom. I will attach a photograph of such Acacia trees in bloom so that you can compare the matching colors. Thus camouflage is excellent, although it does not look like it in this image.

The strong and rather large beak shows this bird's feeding potential, probably focused on hard shelled seeds, and possibly to break open tough pods of the Acacia in order to get to the seeds.

Blackthorn - Acacia mellifera - Invasive Beauty A Blackthorn (Acacia mellifera) in bloom during the start of the African summer.  This bush is considered an "invasive" species as basically it sucks up all the rain water surrounding its root system, and deny grass from growing around it as sunlight is also consumed first by the bush.  Because it prevents grass species from growing, its title as invasive and "problem bush" was given.  Naturally it also reproduces at a fast speed.     Geotagged,Invasive species,Namibia,Senegalia mellifera,Winter,bloom,flower,invasive,smell,sweet,white
(Acacia mellifera in bloom)

Camel Thorn Tree Blossoms - Golden Balls The age-old and classic tree, Camel Thorn.  Photographed in Namibia, but occurring through-out most of Southern Africa.  This tree represents power and strength.  It can grow hundreds of years old, and with a very deep tap root system, survive the severest of droughts.  Thus its apparent immortality is admired by all within countries like Namibia.  <br />
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Because of the extreme tap root, these trees are also used by water drillers (borehole or well drillers) who look for areas where these giant trees lie in line, indicating the water vein direction underground.  It is protected in Namibia and basically all the big trees are considered National Monuments - this determined once the tree exceeds 50 years of life.  Then, needless to say, the penalty for illegal harvesting a tree becomes extreme.  <br />
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A lovely tree that is used by a great variety of animals and birds alike.  For the Giraffe, these golden sweet balls are irresistible.   Geotagged,Namibia,Vachellia erioloba,Winter,balls,bloom,flower,golden,grand,magnificent,monument,summer
(Acacia erioloba in bloom).

    comments (5)

  1. Lovely birds, great to see a new one! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks Claire. On this site, it is just as exciting for me to post a new species as it might be for you veterans to see a new species. Posted 6 years ago
  2. Fantastic, and awesome that you included reference photos! Posted 6 years ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy ... well, you taught me how to do it. I will now use it a lot as it can demonstrate so much more. It is sometimes difficult to explain things with a single photo. For example, I would love to show a Burchell's Sand grouse egg, then chick, then adult male and adult female all on one page. The whole picture is so much better than just one. Again, thanks for a wonderful site and your continued dedication. Love it. Posted 6 years ago
      1. Thanks for the kind words! Posted 6 years ago

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The acacia pied barbet or pied barbet is a species of bird in the Lybiidae family.

Species identified by Living Wild
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Uploaded Feb 6, 2015. Captured Aug 17, 2012 15:26 in D2874, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/7.1
  • 1/395s
  • ISO125
  • 300mm