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Photo by d.flack
Farutso Forest, Gambia, March 2018
Indicator maculatus


18 cm (7 in); Forms a species pair with Scaly-throated Honeyguide.
Overall yellowish olive-green, dusky lores and area around the eye. No streaking on the head, sub-moustachial area unmarked and more yellow. Chin, throat and breast light olive green with buffish centres to the feathers - making it look "spotted". Belly and undertail coverts sparsley streaked.
Wings as upperparts with thin yellowish margins to the coverts, secondaries and tertials. Primaries black.
Tail blackish central feathers, outers white with narrower black terminal band than Scaly-throated Honeyguide.
Eye black, bill black with yellowish horn bases to both mandibles, legs dark grey.


Africa. Gambia to western Nigeria. Cameroon to extreme western Uganda, down to Burundi and across to northern Angola.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • I. m. maculatus;
  • I. m. stictithorax:


Dense, lowland forest clearings, riverine forests and overgrown agricultural land.




They have a very varied diet. Searches out beeswax sites, and also takes caterpillars, butterflies, beetles, and spiders and probably fruit as well.


They parasitize the nests of the Buff-spotted Woodpecker.


They have a longer trill than Scaly-throated Honeyguide


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Apr 2018)
  3. BF Member observations

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