Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus chrysoconus)


French: Barbion à front jaune German: Gelbstirn-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudito frentigualdo

Bucco chrysoconus


, 1832,



Closely related to P. pusillus, overlapping in range very narrowly in Ethiopia and NE South Africa and apparently not hybridizing; both are also closely related to P. subsulphureus and P. bilineatus, and perhaps fairly close to P. atroflavus. Proposed races schubotzi (WC Niger to SW Sudan), zedlitzi (E Sudan) and centralis (NE DRCongo and Uganda) regarded as synonyms of nominate; schoanus (C Ethiopia) included in xanthostictus; and rhodesiae (SW DRCongo to Malawi) and mayri (S DRCongo to NE Angola) in extoni. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. c. chrysoconus (Temminck, 1832) – SW Mauritania and Senegal E to NW Ethiopia, S to N edge of forest in C Cameroon, N & NE DRCongo, Burundi and NW Tanzania.
  • P. c. xanthostictus (Blundell & Lovat, 1899) – highlands of C & S Ethiopia.
  • P. c. extoni (E. L. Layard, 1871) – Angola, SE Congo#R#R and S DRCongo E to S Tanzania, S to NC Namibia, N Botswana, NE South Africa and S Mozambique.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 10·5–12 cm; 8–20 g. Small, strong-billed, short-tailed tinkerbird with yellow-gold, black and white spotted and striped pattern, and yellow to orange... read more


    Nearly identical to P. pusillus; song long series of “pop” notes (occasional... read more


    Occupies dry scrub, Sahelian woodland and wooded grassland, and riverine woods; also montane... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diverse fruits, especially mistletoe berries, figs, fruits of Uapaca nitida; fruit stones are regurgitated. Also flycatches for... read more


    May–Aug and Dec in Gambia and Mali, Feb–Nov in Nigeria; Mar–Oct in Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda; Sept–Dec in W Kenya... read more


    Generally resident; some seasonal movement suspected in Nigeria.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, and common; locally common in W Kenya. Along with P. pusillus and P. bilineatus is the commonest tinkerbird. In some... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2019). Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus chrysoconus). 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 24 January 2019).