The yellow-fronted tinkerbird (Pogoniulus chrysoconus) is a small African barbet formerly known as yellow-fronted tinker barbet. Barbets are near passerine birds with bristles around the base of the bill and a world-wide tropical distribution.

The yellow-fronted tinkerbird is a widespread and frequently common resident breeder in much of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. It is sometimes considered conspecific with its southern counterpart, the red-fronted tinkerbird, Pogoniulus pusillus.

Associated with dry open woodland and scrub, the yellow-fronted tinkerbird eats insects and fruit. The species nests in tree holes and lays two or three eggs.

The yellow-fronted tinkerbird is approximately 11 cm (4.3 in) in length. It is plump, with a short neck, large head, and short tail. The adult has black upperparts heavlly streaked with yellow and white. Its head has a strong black and white pattern, with a yellow forecrown spot. The underparts and rump are lemon yellow. Both sexes are similar in appearance, but young birds have a differentiating dark crown that lacks the distinct yellow spot.

At about 100 repetitions per minute, the yellow-fronted tinkerbird's call is a fast tink-tink-tink-tink. Many barbets perch prominently, but, unlike their larger relatives, the smaller tinkerbirds sing from cover and are more frequently heard than seen.

Tinkerbirds eat mistletoe fruits (Tapinanthus spp.), swallowed whole. The sticky seeds are regurgitated and wiped off on nearby branches. Across their distribution range, yellow-fronted tinkerbirds are the most important disperser of mistletoes.

Yellow-fronted Tinkerbird
Date Location Count
2021-07-15 06:00Ankasa NP1
2021-07-25 05:45Lac Petpenoun3
2021-06-28 07:48Shamvura Camp (general area)1
2021-07-09 10:10Queen Elizabeth II NP1
2021-07-03 08:00Murchison Falls NP--general area (please be more specific)2
2021-06-26 08:36Lake Mburo NP1
2021-06-30 08:17Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary2
2021-07-18 08:45Mabamba Swamp1
2021-07-11 11:50Island View Lodge1
2021-07-19 07:01Boma Guesthouse1
2021-07-20 14:45Entebbe Botanical Garden2
2021-07-16 08:00Kidepo Valley NP--Karenga Gate to Apoka1
2021-06-26 08:30Elephant Hills Golf Course1
2021-06-27 08:20Victoria Falls Rain Forest1
2021-07-20 07:12Frangilla Lodge
2021-06-28 13:09Forest Inn
2021-07-03 13:30Shoebill Camp Site
2021-07-07 13:30Hillside Dams1
2021-07-10 10:58Hekpoort vicinity1
2021-07-09 08:50Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden2
2021-07-04 08:54Loerie Park1
2021-06-26 07:07Dinokeng Game Reserve (Please be more precise)1
2021-06-27 10:26Strubendam Bird Sanctuary1
2021-07-04 07:18Detweedespruit Conservancy2
2021-07-11 06:46Wilge River Valley (upper)1
2021-07-17 11:58Bankplaas Road1