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Yellow-fronted tinkerbird

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Yellow-fronted tinkerbirds (Pogoniulus chrysoconus) can be found in a woodland and forest habitat. Sometimes their nests are taken over by Acacia pied barbets, who enlarge the entrance hole and chamber whilst also destroying the nest.

Distribution: Northern Namibia including Etosha National Park, Caprivi and the Chobe and Zambezi River systems.

Diet: Forages upper canopy for mistletoe fruits and is a prime mistletoe seed disperser, wiping seeds regurgitated seeds that stick on their beaks on a nearby branch. Insects and other fruits are also eaten.

Description: A small barbet with yellow or red on the forehead or rump. Chrysoconus is the Latin word for 'golden cone', a mistake, as it should be conus or hair.

Breeding: Nests are excavated in dead branches a few metres above the ground between July and February. Females lay between 2 and 4 eggs on wood chips at the bottom of the chamber.

Size: 12cm. Weight: 13 to 14g.

Conception Bay Flight

A scenic flight along Namibia's Forbidden Coast (Sperrgebiet) an area which is virtually impossible to visit overland. Attractions seen on this flight include ship wrecks, seal colonies and Sandwich Harbour. Flight from Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Scenic Flight

A scenic flight over the dunes at Sossusvlei. Flight from Swakopmund

Sossusvlei Excursion

A scenic flight that lands near Sesriem and includes a trip into the dunes at Sossusvlei. Flight from Swakopmund

Ultimate South

View a massive portion of southern Namibia from the air. A landing and ground excursion to the Fish River Canyon finish of this day trip. Flight from Swakopmund

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