Unsorted Wild Birds

Yellow-rumped Tinkerbirds

The Yellow-rumped Tinkerbirds (Pogoniulus bilineatus) – also sometimes referred to as the Golden-rumped Tinkerbird – is found in Africa – specifically in the following countries:

Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Description

They are plump-looking birds with large heads. Their heavy bill is fringed with bristles.

Diet / Feeding

These mostly solitary birds eat a variety of fruit, including figs. They may also visit plantations and feed on cultivated fruit and vegetables. Fruit is eaten whole and indigestible material such as seed pits is regurgitated later. They are believed to be important agents in seed dispersal.

In addition to fruits, they may take small insects, such as ants, cicadas, dragonflies, crickets, locusts, beetles, moths and mantids.

Nesting / Breeding

They usually nest in holes bored into dead trees, branches, or stumps. The hen usually lays between 2 to 4 eggs that are incubated for 13–15 days.

Nesting duties are shared by both parents.

Tinkerbirds may place sticky mistletoe seeds around the entrances of their nests, probably to deter predators.

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Gordon Ramel

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