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Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird - BirdForum Opus

Photo by keith mitchell
Gambia, 2009
Pogoniulus chrysoconus


10·5–12 cm (4-4¾) This bizarre wee bird is essentially a dwarf Barbet.

It is a small dumpy short-tailed heavy-billed bird with a yellow belly and black-and-white facial striping (the yellow body colouration appears "washed out" in bright sunlight).


Sub-Saharan Africa: From the Sahel to northern South Africa and Swaziland.

Photo by safariranger
Mutinondo Wilderness, Zambia, July 2006



There are three subspecies:[1]

  • P. c. chrysoconus
  • P. c. xanthostictus
  • Highlands of central and southern Ethiopia
  • P. c. extoni


Woodland and savanna.



Eats mainly fruit, especially those of mistletoes and figs; also insects.


Similar to Red-fronted Tinkerbird. Its continuous repetitive "tink...tink...tink...tink" is a common sound of dry woodland savannah but the bird itself is difficult to locate as its voice has ventriloquist-like properties.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  3. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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