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Red-fronted Tinkerbird | Pogoniulus pusillus

The Red-fronted Tinkerbird is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Lybiidae bird family group which includes birds such as Typical Shrikes.

The description for the Red-fronted Tinkerbird (Latin name Pogoniulus pusillus) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Pogoniulus pusillus can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 469 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 143. You will find a picture of the Red-fronted Tinkerbird on page 144.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

This bird is known as Red-fronted Tinker Barbet in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Red-fronted Tinkerbird between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Red-fronted Tinkerbird is known in Afrikaans as Rooiblestinker.

The Red-fronted Tinkerbird has a height of 12 cms and weighs around 17 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured black. The Pogoniulus pusillus has a yellow coloured throat, grey legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are grey

Throat is yellow

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

The Red-fronted Tinkerbird is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

The Pogoniulus pusillus forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Red-fronted Tinkerbird is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 4 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.

The Red-fronted Tinkerbird is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is found in the African bushveld

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Red-fronted Tinkerbird is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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