Thick-billed Honeyguide (Indicator conirostris) - HBW 7, p. 292
French: Indicateur à gros bec
Spanish: Indicador Picogrueso
Taxonomy: Melignothes conirostris Cassin, 1856, Moonda River, Gabon.
Forms a superspecies with I. minor; 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. Supposedly paler form, described as race pallidus, considered in part variant of nominate, although some pallidus treated as synonymous with race senegalensis of I. minor. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- ussheri Sharpe, 1902 - SE Sierra Leone disjunctly E to S Ghana.
- conirostris (Cassin, 1856) - S Nigeria E to S Central African Republic and W Kenya, S patchily to N Angola and S & CE Zaire.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
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Our guide was happy this was the correct identification. Apologies for poor quality.
Locality Kakamega Forest, Kenya (ssp conirostris)
Perry Jonathan Smale 18 November 2012 6 weeks ago 2.7
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