French: Barbion à front rouge German: Feuerstirn-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudito frentirrojo
Dumont de Sainte Croix
Sunday River, east Cape Province, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. p. uropygialis
(Heuglin, 1862) – Eritrea and N & C Ethiopia to N Somalia.
P. p. affinis
(Reichenow, 1879) – SE South Sudan, S Ethiopia and S Somalia S to SE Tanzania.
P. p. pusillus
(Dumont de Sainte Croix, 1816) – S Mozambique S to E South Africa (to S Eastern Cape).
9·5–11·5 cm; 6–12·5 g. Tiny, short-tailed tinkerbird with black, gold-yellow and white streaky and spotted pattern, and red forecrown. Both... read more
Song slow “pop” notes unbroken by pauses, to 20 minutes at 109–140 per minute in... read more
Various dry woodland, bushland, riverine bush in desert, scrubland, cut-over forest and gardens.... read more
Food and feeding
Diverse fruits and berries, mainly mistletoe berries (Loranthaceae); also unspecified insects (including beetles) and spiders. Flies... read more
Feb–Sept, occasionally Oct, in N, and Oct–Dec in S. Singer erects rump, throat and red frontal feathers, flips tail at each pop... read more
Some movements suggested by disappearance from some sites after breeding; in uplands numbers... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in most of range; fairly common in Kenya. The commonest tinkerbird along with P. chrysoconus and P. bilineatus. More precise... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!