French: Barbion grivelé German: Schuppenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudito escolopáceo
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. scolopaceus
(Bonaparte, 1850) – Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to S Nigeria.
P. s. stellatus
(Jardine & Fraser, 1852) – Bioko I.
P. s. flavisquamatus
(J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1855) – S Cameroon E to Uganda, S to N Angola and S DRCongo.
c. 12 cm; 11–18 g. Rather large for a tinkerbird, with scaly markings above. Nominate race has blackish-olive crown feathers broadly edged and tipped with yellow;... read more
Variable, diverse, song-like series of single to 6-part “tikikik” notes, and loud, typically... read more
Occupies primary forest at edges, in clearings, and also secondary forest and plantations of trees... read more
Food and feeding
Diet of fruits and arthropods (mainly insects). Fruits include those of figs, and species of Coelocaryon, Heisteria, ... read more
Long season, or possibly renests: most months in W Africa, but especially Sept–Feb; in Apr–Jun on Bioko; in Oct–Mar in... read more
Resident and sedentary.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread, and somewhat adaptable. Population in Liberia estimated at 1,200,000 pairs; estimates of 12–15 pairs/km² in Gabon secondary forest... read more
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