Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Speckled Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus scolopaceus)


Taxonomy

French: Barbion grivelé German: Schuppenbartvogel Spanish: Barbudito escolopáceo
Taxonomy:

Xylobucco scolopaceus

Bonaparte

, 1850,

Ashanti, Ghana

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No close relatives. Forms described as aloysii (from Kenya and Uganda) and flavior (N Angola) considered synonyms of flavisquamatus. Three subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Variable, diverse, song-like series of single to 6-part “tikikik” notes, and loud, typically... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2017). Speckled Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus scolopaceus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56001 on 15 December 2017).