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Photo by volker sthamer
Arusha, Tanzania, September 2016
Pogonornis melanopterus

Lybius melanopterus


19 cm (7½ in)

  • Red cap and throat
  • Brown upper breast
  • White lower parts
  • Darker brown upperparts
  • Long dark tail
  • Dark eyes
  • Horn coloured bill
  • Dark legs and feet


Eastern Africa: southern Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, and south-eastern Malawi.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Coastal and riverine forest. Savanna.



Not a lot is known. They feed on insects and a variety of fruit and figs


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)

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