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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Honey-guides

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Indicatoridae

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The family of honeyguides occurs in Africa and, with two species, also in Asia. Their length is 11 cm to 20 cm. They live in the trees of light forests. They eat insects, but are among the few birds that eat wax and can digest it. In at least one species a behavior has developed that consists in the bird leading a human (probably not also honey badgers) to a bee's nest. The bird then eats leftovers. All honey indicators are brood parasites that lay a single egg preferentially with other cave breeders. The young then remove the competing eggs and chicks.


     insignis - Cassin's Honeybird (1)
     zambesiae - Green-backed Honeybird (1)
     regulus - Brown-backed Honeybird (5)


     zenkeri - Zenker's Honeyguide (1)
     eisentrauti - Yellow-footed Honeyguide (2)


     pumilio - Dwarf Honeyguide (1)
     willcocksi - Willcocks's Honeyguide (1)
     meliphilus - Pallid Honeyguide (1)
     exilis - Least Honeyguide (1)
     conirostris - Thick-billed Honeyguide (1)
     minor - Lesser Honeyguide (3)
     maculatus - Spotted Honeyguide (2)
     variegatus - Scaly-throated Honeyguide (3)
     xanthonotus - Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (3)
     archipelagicus - Malaysian Honeyguide (1)
     indicator - Greater Honeyguide (5)


     robustus - Lyre-tailed Honeyguide (3)

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