Red-and-yellow barbets have strong red bills that are long, thick and pointed. They are 9 inches (23 cm) long (woodpecker-like in appearance) and strongly patterned with blotches and spots of red, yellow, black and white. They have large red to red-orange heads. Their forehead to hind crown are jet black ending in a slight crest.
- They have an investigative and confiding nature and will readily enter houses or cars looking for food.
- The red-and-yellow barbets usually occur in pairs or groups of 3 to 10 birds. These birds will mostly forage on or near the ground often near bushes or under trees that can provide cover.