ETYM French barbet, from barbe beard, long hair of certain animals. Related to Barb beard.
Small brightly colored stout-billed tropical bird having short weak wings.
Brightly plumaged toucanlike tropical bird of Old World; kind of long-haired poodle.
Small, tropical bird, often brightly colored. There are some 78 species of barbet in the family Capitonidae, about half living in Africa. Barbets eat insects and fruits and, being distant relations of woodpeckers, drill nest holes with their beaks. The name comes from the “little beard” of bristles at the base of the beak.