Significance to humans

Barbets have little or no commercial impact on people, taking some fruits but not usually being sufficiently numerous to be classified as pests. They are, however, very obvious components of a forest's sounds and many species, if not well known visually, are easily recognized by local people by their calls and repetitive songs.

1. Black-spotted barbet (Capito niger); 2. Black-collared barbet (Lybius torquatus); 3. Toucan barbet (Semnornis ramphastinus); 4. Yellow-fronted tinkerbird (Pogoniulus chrysoconus); 5. D'Arnaud's barbet (Trachyphonus darnaudii); 6. Coppersmith barbet (Megalaima haemacephala). (Illustration by Joseph E. Trumpey)

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