Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)

Lesser Honeyguide (Indicator minor) - HBW 7, p. 292

French: Petit Indicateur German: Nasenstreif-Honiganzeiger Spanish: Indicador Menor

Taxonomy: Indicator minor Stephens, 1815, Zwartkop River, Cape Province, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with I. conirostris; these two have often been merged, but they occur together in W Uganda without interbreeding; they may interbreed in Nigeria, but are so similar in appearance that hybrids are difficult to establish. In past, often confused with I. exilis and other small honeyguides. Several additional named races now judged untenable: erlangeri considered synonymous with diadematus; valens with teitensis; albigularis with nominate minor; and pallidus and alexanderi synonymous with senegalensi.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Indicator minor Stephens, 1815, Zwartkop River, Cape Province, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with I. conirostris; these two have often been merged, but they occur together in W Uganda without interbreeding; they may interbreed in Nigeria, but are so similar in appearance that hybrids are difficult to establish. In past, often confused with I. exilis and other small honeyguides. Several additional named races now judged untenable: erlangeri considered synonymous with diadematus; valens with teitensis; albigularis with nominate minor; and pallidus and alexanderi synonymous with senegalensis, although some pallidus are probably variant form of I. c. conirostris. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • senegalensis Neumann, 1908 - Senegambia E to Chad and W Sudan, S to C Ivory Coast, S Nigeria, N Cameroon and N Central African Republic.
  • riggenbachi Zedlitz, 1915 - C Cameroon E to SW Sudan, S to NE Zaire, W Uganda and Burundi.
  • diadematus Rüppell, 1837 - C Sudan E to N Somalia.

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  • senegalensis Neumann, 1908 - Senegambia E to Chad and W Sudan, S to C Ivory Coast, S Nigeria, N Cameroon and N Central African Republic.
  • riggenbachi Zedlitz, 1915 - C Cameroon E to SW Sudan, S to NE Zaire, W Uganda and Burundi.
  • diadematus Rüppell, 1837 - C Sudan E to N Somalia.
  • teitensis Neumann, 1900 - SE Sudan E to S Somalia, S & W (around lowland forest) to C Angola, NE Namibia, Zimbabwe and C Mozambique.
  • damarensis (Roberts, 1928) - S Angola and N Namibia.
  • minor Stephens, 1815 - S Namibia, SE Botswana, and S Mozambique to South Africa.