Kenya Birds

Red-fronted Tinkerbird


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Red-fronted Tinkerbird

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Pogoniulus pusillus

Other Names

    French Barbion front rouge   German Feuerstirn-Bartvogel   Spanish Barbudito Frentirrojo       Italian Barbettino fronterossa

World: Africa - occurs in 2 distinct areas, Eastern South Africa to the south of the continent and to the NE occurs in S Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, S though Kenya and NE Uganda down to Central and Eastern Tanzania.

Kenya: Found across much of the country in busha nd woodland. Absent from the north of the Lake Victoria region and from much of the western border region where it is replaced by the Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird.

This is a small dry-country barbet which is usually solitary. It is primarily fructiverous eating a wide range of berries and fruits but is particularly fond of mistletoe. It will also take a variety of small insects. It forages deep in cover which it flies to in a very direct manner before moving quickly over the trunks and branches to pick up insects. This particular foraging method is rather reminiscent of a warbler.

It is most often confused with the Red-fronted Barbet but it is significantly smaller, has a black moustache and has a less robust bill, it also lacks the broad yellow supercilliary stripe of the Red-fronted Barbet.

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