Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Red-rumped Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus atroflavus)


French: Barbion à croupion rouge German: Rotbürzel-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudito culirrojo

Bucco atro-flavus


, 1798,

Sierra Leone


Rather isolated member of genus, perhaps close to P. bilineatus and the P. pusillusP. chrysoconus group. P. erythronotos is a synonym. Monotypic.


Senegambia E in forested areas to S Cameroon, thence to SE Central African Republic and W Uganda, and S to Cabinda (N Angola), R Congo and CE DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

c. 12–13 cm; 14–21·5 g. Relatively large tinkerbird with distinctive pattern. Both sexes glossy black above, with yellow wingbar and red rump; side of head... read more


Song an unbroken series of “pop” notes at 1·3 per second; also fast “... read more


Primary and secondary forest, including some mature mangrove forest, edges, adjacent clearings,... read more

Food and feeding

Eats mainly fruits, including figs, and species of Allophyllus, Musanga, Rauvolfia and others, especially ... read more


Nov–May and Aug in W Africa, May–Jun in Central African Republic, Jun–Feb in Uganda. Other data very sparse: territorial... read more


Resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Estimated 300,000 pairs in Liberia, where density of 5–8 pairs/km²; common in Sierra Leone. Usually uncommon, however, and considered the least... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2019). Red-rumped Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus atroflavus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 September 2019).