Yellow-rumped Honeyguide (Indicator xanthonotus) - HBW 7, p. 293
French: Indicateur à dos jaune
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.
- Near Threatened Enlarge map
A male perched and looking around Locality Cheri Valley, Thimphu District, Bhutan (ssp xanthonotus)
Josh Engel 30 March 2008 4 years ago 40 sec 4
A bird perched, showing a litte bit of its yellow rump Locality Khonoma, Nagaland, India (ssp xanthonotus)
Ron Hoff 16 February 2008 4 years ago 27 sec 3.9
A bird feeding on an old bee hive on a rock cliff, seen from above Locality Khonoma, Nagaland, India (ssp xanthonotus)
Ron Hoff 16 February 2008 4 years ago 34 sec 3.8
A bird looking around on a high branch Locality Khonoma, Nagaland, India (ssp xanthonotus)
Ron Hoff 16 February 2008 4 years ago 29 sec 3.4