The White-chested Tinkerbirds (Pogoniulus makawai) are endemic to Zambia in Southern Africa, where they live in subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.
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 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.
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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