Pogoniulus simplex (Green tinkerbird, Green tinker barbet) 

Groentinker [Afrikaans]; Groene ketellapper [Dutch]; Barbion vert [French]; Schlichtbartvogel [German]; Barbadinho-verde [Portuguese]

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Deuterostomia > Chordata > Craniata > Vertebrata (vertebrates)  > Gnathostomata (jawed vertebrates) > Teleostomi (teleost fish) > Osteichthyes (bony fish) > Class: Sarcopterygii (lobe-finned fish) > Stegocephalia (terrestrial vertebrates) > Tetrapoda (four-legged vertebrates) > Reptiliomorpha > Amniota > Reptilia (reptiles) > Romeriida > Diapsida > Archosauromorpha > Archosauria > Dinosauria (dinosaurs) > Saurischia > Theropoda (bipedal predatory dinosaurs) > Coelurosauria > Maniraptora > Aves (birds) > Order: Piciformes > Family: Lybiidae

Distribution and habitat

Occurs in eastern Tanzania, coastal Kenya, Malawi and northern Mozambique; it is a rare vagrant further south in Mozambique. It generally prefers moist lowland forest with a dense and tangled understorey.


Mainly eats small fruit, seeds and insects, hawking prey aerially or gleaning from vegetation.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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