Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird ( Pogoniulus bilineatus, family: Lybiidae)

Birds & Birding in the Kruger National Park South Africa. In Roberts 6 this bird was called Golden-rumped Tinker Barbet

yellow rumped tinkerbird kruger national park birds The Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird (Latin name Pogoniulus bilineatus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 471 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 141 also a picture of the Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird on page 144. The Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird belongs to the family of birds classified as Lybiidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird is also known by these other names: Lemon-rumped Tinkerbird, Golde+G179n-rumped Tinkerbird.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird was called the Golden-rumped Tinker Barbet

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park.

In terms of distribution of the Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird : see above distribution map.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

One of the first indicators to take note of when trying to identify a bird is it relative size. For example how big is the bird compared to a well known familiar bird. The Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird is an extremely small bird about half the size of a house sparrow. The height of the Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird is about 12 cms and its weight is about 15 gms

The male and female Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is black.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is black.
  • Throat is white.
  • Back is black.
  • Legs are grey.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird feeds on tree trunks mainly



Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Pogoniulus bilineatus will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird is to create the nest in a hole in a tree trunk. The bird lays eggs which are white in colour and number between 2 to 5

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird are: forests and heavily treed regions

You will normally see the Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird by itself rather than in the company of birds of the same species.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Swartblestinker

German ... Goldbrzel-Bartvogel

Portuguese ... Barbadinho-de-rabadilha-limo

French ... Barbion croupion jaune

Dutch ... Geelstuit-Ketellapper

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 471

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website ,