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SPECIES INFO

The Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus chrysoconus, is a small African barbet formerly known as Yellow-fronted Tinker Barbet. Barbets are near passerine birds bristles around the base of the bill and a world-wide tropical distribution.

The Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird is a widespread and frequently common resident breeder in much of Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. It is sometimes considered conspecific with its southern counterpart, the Red-fronted Tinkerbird, Pogoniulus pusillus.

Associated with dry open woodland and scrub, the Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird eats insects and fruit. The species nests in tree holes and lays two or three eggs.

The Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird is a barbet that is approximately 11 cm in length. A plump bird, the Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird has a short neck, large head, and short tail. The adult Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird has black upperparts heavlly streaked with yellow and white. Its head has a strong black and white pattern, with a yellow forecrown spot. The Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird's underparts and rump are lemon yellow.

Both sexes are similar in appearance; however, young birds have a differentiating dark crown that lacks the distinct yellow spot.

At about 100 repetitions per minute, the Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird's call is a fast tink-tink-tink-tink. Many barbets perch prominently, but, unlike their larger relatives, the smaller tinkerbirds sing from cover and are more frequently heard than seen.





                                     



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