Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)

Western Green-backed Honeyguide (Prodotiscus insignis) - HBW 7, p. 289

French: Indicateur pygmée German: Liliputlaubpicker Spanish: Indicador Insigne
Other common names: Cassin’s (Sharp-billed)/Green-backed Honeyguide/Honeybird

Taxonomy: Hetærodes insignis Cassin, 1856, Moonda River, Gabon.
Forms a superspecies with P. zambesiae, and has been considered conspecific; the two possibly meet in Angola, where the form referred to as “lathburyi” appears intermediate; further study required, based on fresh material. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • flavodorsalis Bannerman, 1923 - Sierra Leone E, probably disjunctly, to SW Nigeria.
  • insignis (Cassin, 1856) - SE Nigeria S to N Angola, and disjunctly E in Zaire to S Sudan and W Kenya.

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