Indicatoridae – Honeyguides

Brown-backed (Wahlberg's) Honeybird (Prodotiscus regulus) ©Wiki

Brown-backed (Wahlberg’s) Honeybird (Prodotiscus regulus) ©Wiki

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. (Psalms 19:10 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PICIFORMES, Family – Indicatoridae – Honeyguides

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Species (17)

Cassin’s Honeybird (Prodotiscus insignis)
Green-backed Honeybird (Prodotiscus zambesiae)
Brown-backed Honeybird (Prodotiscus regulus)
Zenker’s Honeyguide (Melignomon zenkeri)
Yellow-footed Honeyguide (Melignomon eisentrauti)
Dwarf Honeyguide (Indicator pumilio)
Willcocks’s Honeyguide (Indicator willcocksi)
Pallid Honeyguide (Indicator meliphilus)
Least Honeyguide (Indicator exilis)
Thick-billed Honeyguide (Indicator conirostris)
Lesser Honeyguide (Indicator minor)
Spotted Honeyguide (Indicator maculatus)
Scaly-throated Honeyguide (Indicator variegatus)
Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (Indicator xanthonotus)
Malaysian Honeyguide (Indicator archipelagicus)
Greater Honeyguide (Indicator indicator)
Lyre-tailed Honeyguide (Melichneutes robustus)



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Honeyguides (family Indicatoridae) are near passerine bird species of the order Piciformes. They are also known as indicator birds, or honey birds, although the latter term is also used more narrowly to refer to species of the genus Prodotiscus. They have an Old World tropical distribution, with the greatest number of species in Africa and two in Asia. These birds are best known for their interaction with humans. Honeyguides are noted and named for one or two species that will deliberately lead humans directly to bee colonies, so that they can feast on the grubs that are left behind. (Wikipedia with editing)

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