Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)

Least Honeyguide (Indicator exilis) - HBW 7, p. 291

French: Indicateur menu German: Barthoniganzeiger Spanish: Indicador Chico

Taxonomy: Melignothes exilis Cassin, 1856, Moonda River, Gabon.
Relationships uncertain. In the past, I. willcocksi, I. meliphilus and even I. minor were often confused with present species; I. pumilio was also on occasion linked with present species. Nominate and race pachyrhynchus intergrade in broad zone from E Central African Republic and SW Sudan to NE Zaire and W Uganda, where precise limits of respective ranges unclear. Form leona, known from a single immature bird taken near Freetown (Sierra Leone), now considered a synonym of nominate. Birds collected in N Liberia (Wonegizi) said to be very similar to .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Melignothes exilis Cassin, 1856, Moonda River, Gabon.
Relationships uncertain. In the past, I. willcocksi, I. meliphilus and even I. minor were often confused with present species; I. pumilio was also on occasion linked with present species. Nominate and race pachyrhynchus intergrade in broad zone from E Central African Republic and SW Sudan to NE Zaire and W Uganda, where precise limits of respective ranges unclear. Form leona, known from a single immature bird taken near Freetown (Sierra Leone), now considered a synonym of nominate. Birds collected in N Liberia (Wonegizi) said to be very similar to I. willcocksi ansorgei from neighbouring Guinea-Bissau, possibly representing undescribed race of present species; alternatively, they might in fact be referable to I. willcocksi. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • exilis (Cassin, 1856) - Senegal E to E Central African Republic and NE Zaire, S to N Angola and NW Zambia.
  • pachyrhynchus (Heuglin, 1864) - SW Sudan and extreme E Zaire, E to W Kenya and S to NW Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • poensis Alexander, 1903 - Bioko I (Fernando Póo).

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