Semnornithidae – Prong-billed and Toucan Barbets

Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus) by Ian

Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus) by Ian

He (Solomon) spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five. Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. (1 Kings 4:32-33 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PICIFORMES, Family – Semnornithidae – Prong-billed and Toucan Barbets

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Prong-billed Barbet (Semnornis frantzii)
Toucan Barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus)


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The toucan-barbets are the small bird genus Semnornis. This was often included in the paraphyletic barbets but recently usually considered a distinct family Semnornithidae; alternatively, all barbets might be moved to the toucan family Ramphastidae as a subfamily, Semnornithinae. It contains only two species.

The Semnornis toucan-barbets are found in the Neotropics. The Prong-billed Barbet is restricted to the humid highland forests of Costa Rica and Panama. The Toucan-barbet is found in similar habitats in the western montane forests of Ecuador and Colombia. (Wikipedia with editing)

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