Family African Barbets (Lybiidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus subsulphureus)


French: Barbion à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehl-Bartvogel Spanish: Barbudito gorjigualdo

Bucco subsulphureus


, 1843,



Closely related to P. bilineatus and the P. pusillusP. chrysoconus group. Name of race chrysopygus sometimes considered invariable (original chrysopyga), but normally treated as a Latinized adjective derived from a Greek noun#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. s. chrysopygus (Shelley, 1889) – Sierra Leone and SE Guinea E to S Ghana.
  • P. s. flavimentum (J. P. Verreaux & J. B. É. Verreaux, 1851) – Togo E to S Central African Republic and S Uganda, and S to C DRCongo and NW Angola#R.
  • P. s. subsulphureus (Fraser, 1843) – Bioko I.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 9·5 cm; 7·5–13 g. Tiny, black, yellow and white tinkerbird. Both sexes with glossy blue-black crown to back; nominate race with yellow rump and yellow throat; pale... read more


    Resembles that of P. bilineatus, but paused popping song higher-pitched, with sharp “pyop... read more


    Primary and old secondary forest, streamside forest, forest borders, and submontane forest; enters... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet of diverse fruits, such as figs and species of Allophyllus, Heisteria, Macaranga, Trema and others... read more


    Mainly Jan–Jul but as early as Sept in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea; Dec–Jan in Ivory Coast and Ghana; all year in Nigeria... read more


    Resident and sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Together with P. bilineatus is a characteristic bird of forest in W & C Africa; usually appears to be less numerous than the larger ... read more

    Recommended citation

    Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2017). Yellow-throated Tinkerbird (Pogoniulus subsulphureus). 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 15 December 2017).