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Indicatoridae - Honeyguides

 

Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Piciformes
 Family: Indicatoridae

Scaly-throated HoneyguideThere are 16 species of birds in this family. They are found in forests in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Honeyguides range in size from 4-8 inches in length. Most species are a dull green or brown and have white breasts and bellies.

Honeyguides have short wings and short to medium tails. Honeyguides eat beeswax and insects.

Honeyguides are nest parasites. The female honeyguide will lay an egg in the nest of another bird and then leave. She may also destroy any other eggs she finds in the nest to give her chick a better chance of survival. Eggs are usually left in tree cavity nests of woodpeckers or barbets.

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None   None

Species Around the World

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species

Malaysian Honeyguide - Indicator archipelagicus Near Threatened Asia
Least Honeyguide - Indicator exilis Least Concern Africa
Greater Honeyguide - Indicator indicator Least Concern Africa
Spotted Honeyguide - Indicator maculatus Least Concern Africa
Pallid Honeyguide - Indicator meliphilus Least Concern Africa
Lesser Honeyguide - Indicator minor Least Concern Africa
Dwarf Honeyguide - Indicator pumilio Near Threatened Africa
Scaly-throated Honeyguide - Indicator variegatus Least Concern Africa
 

Willcocks's Honeyguide - Indicator willcocksi Least Concern Africa
Yellow-rumped Honeyguide - Indicator xanthonotus Near Threatened Africa Asia
Lyre-tailed Honeyguide - Melichneutes robustus Least Concern Africa
Yellow-footed Honeyguide - Melignomon eisentrauti Africa
Zenker's Honeyguide - Melignomon zenkeri Least Concern Africa
Cassin's Honeyguide - Prodotiscus insignis Least Concern Africa
Wahlberg's Honeyguide - Prodotiscus regulus Least Concern Africa
Green-backed Honeyguide - Prodotiscus zambesiae Least Concern Africa

Additional Information

Resource Key
profile Profile Photos Photos Video Video Audio Audio

Honeyguides profile Photos
Honeyguides have very thick skin, probably to protect them from bee stings.
Source: Nashville Zoo Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Cassin's Honeyguide - Prodotiscus insignis Video Least Concern Africa
Cassin's honeyguide is found in Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Dwarf Honeyguide - Indicator pumilio Photos Near Threatened Africa
The dwarf honeyguide is found in Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Greater Honeyguide - Indicator indicator Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The greater honeyguide is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Greater Honeyguide - Indicator indicator profile Photos Least Concern Africa
Greater honeyguides are the largest bird of the Indicatoridae family.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Lesser Honeyguide - Indicator minor Photos Video Least Concern Africa
The lesser honeyguide is found in Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Malaysian Honeyguide - Indicator archipelagicus Photos Near Threatened Asia
The Malaysian honeyguide is found in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Source: Arkive Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Malaysian Honeyguide - Indicator archipelagicus Video Audio Near Threatened Asia
The Malaysian honeyguide is also known as the Sunda honeyguide.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Pallid Honeyguide - Indicator meliphilus Photos Least Concern Africa
The pallid honeyguide is found in Angola, Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Scaly-throated Honeyguide - Indicator variegatus Photos Video Least Concern Africa
Scaly-throated honeyguide is found in Angola, Burundi, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Willcocks's Honeyguide - Indicator willcocksi Photos Video Least Concern Africa
Willcock's honeyguide is found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-footed Honeyguide - Melignomon eisentrauti Video Africa
The yellow-footed honeyguide is found in Cameroon, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Yellow-rumped Honeyguide - Indicator xanthonotus Photos Video Near Threatened Africa Asia
The yellow-rumped honeyguide is found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No