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Alternative name: Green-backed Honeyguide; Eastern Green-backed Honeyguide

Photo by volker sthamer
Langano, Ethiopia, January 2015
Prodotiscus zambesiae


11 cm

  • Greyish-green upperparts

Sexes similar


Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia to northern Namibia, northern Botswana, Zimbabwe and central Mozambique.



There are 3 subsecies[1]:

  • P. z. zambesiae:
  • P. z. ellenbecki:
  • P. z. lathburyi:
  • West central Angola (Mount Soque, Mount Moco)


Broadleafed woodland canopy and gardens.



Their diet consists of a variety of insects, including scale and flying insects, also caterpillars.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2015)

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