Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)

Pallid Honeyguide (Indicator meliphilus) - HBW 7, p. 291

French: Indicateur pâle German: Tavetahoniganzeiger Spanish: Indicador Pálido
Other common names: Eastern (Least) Honeyguide

Taxonomy: Melignothes exilis meliphilus Oberholser, 1905, Taveta, south-east Kenya.
May form a superspecies with I. willcocksi; closely similar in size and voice, and responds to playback of that species’ song. Was long confused with I. exilis, but differs vocally; has been linked by some authors with I. pumilio. Birds from border region of SC Kenya and N Tanzania have been treated as separate species, I. narokensis; however, described on basis of an immature specimen which is indistinguishable from type (also an immature) of present species, so synonymous with nominate meliphilus. S Malawi birds, described as appelator, inseparabl.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Melignothes exilis meliphilus Oberholser, 1905, Taveta, south-east Kenya.
May form a superspecies with I. willcocksi; closely similar in size and voice, and responds to playback of that species’ song. Was long confused with I. exilis, but differs vocally; has been linked by some authors with I. pumilio. Birds from border region of SC Kenya and N Tanzania have been treated as separate species, I. narokensis; however, described on basis of an immature specimen which is indistinguishable from type (also an immature) of present species, so synonymous with nominate meliphilus. S Malawi birds, described as appelator, inseparable from angolensis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • meliphilus (Oberholser, 1905) - E Uganda and C Kenya S to CN & EC Tanzania; also recorded from SW Sudan (R Boro).
  • angolensis Monard, 1934 - C Angola E to S Zaire and S Malawi, and SE to EC Zimbabwe and C Mozambique.

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