Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)

Eastern Green-backed Honeyguide (Prodotiscus zambesiae) - HBW 7, p. 289

French: Indicateur gris German: Graubauch-Laubpicker Spanish: Indicador del Zambeze
Other common names: Slender-billed/Eastern Honeyguide/Honeybird

Taxonomy: Prodotiscus zambesiæ Shelley, 1894, Zomba, Malawi.
Forms a superspecies with P. insignis, with which has been considered conspecific; the two may meet in Angola, where some birds possibly intermediate, including unassignable form known as “lathburyi”; further study required. N Tanzanian birds formerly separated as race reichenowi, but this is now considered a synonym of ellenbecki. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ellenbecki Erlanger, 1901 - S Ethiopia, Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • zambesiae Shelley, 1894 - C Angola, S Zaire and S Tanzania, S to NE Namibia, S Zimbabwe and C Mozambique.

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