Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)

Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (Indicator xanthonotus) - HBW 7, p. 293

French: Indicateur à dos jaune German: Gelbbürzel-Honiganzeiger Spanish: Indicador Indio
Other common names: Himalayan/Indian/Orange-rumped Honeyguide

Taxonomy: Indicator xanthonotus Blyth, 1842, Darjeeling.
Closest relatives are probably I. archipelagicus and I. indicator. Probably derived from early Asian invasion of Indicator from Africa, and originating from same ancestral stock that gave rise to I. archipelagicus; both have bright yellow in plumage and short outer rectrix, a combination of features shared only with African I. indicator. Birds from NE Assam, Nagaland and Manipur to N Myanmar, described as race fulvus, now considered inseparable from nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • radcliffi Hume, 1870 - NE Pakistan (presumed extinct), and Himalayan slopes of NW India, possibly to W Nepal.
  • xanthonotus Blyth, 1842 - Nepal E to NE India, SE Tibet and N Myanmar.

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