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Bird of the Week: White-mantled Barbet


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White-mantled-Barbet_JoeTobias.jpgBarbets are related to toucans and woodpeckers (such as Kaempfer's Woodpecker). They all have "zygodactyl" feet, with two toes facing forward and two backward-an arrangement that helps tree-dwelling birds grasp branches. They play a key role in tropical forests by consuming and dispersing seeds of fruit trees.

 

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