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==Identification==
 
==Identification==
Length 18-19 cm, mass 36-56 g. A large honeyguide. The throat is yellowish white with fine, dark streaks and the breast is mottled. The forecrown is dark with whitish flecks.
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Length 18-19 cm, mass 36-56 g; a large honeyguide. The throat is yellowish white with fine, dark streaks and the breast is mottled. The forecrown is dark with whitish flecks.
 
==Distribution==
 
==Distribution==
 
[[Africa]]: [[Ethiopia]] to [[Angola]], [[Zambia]] and south-eastern [[South Africa]].
 
[[Africa]]: [[Ethiopia]] to [[Angola]], [[Zambia]] and south-eastern [[South Africa]].
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Forest and dense woodland. Possibly favours forest-woodland mosaic.
 
Forest and dense woodland. Possibly favours forest-woodland mosaic.
 
==Behaviour==
 
==Behaviour==
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Food includes beeswax, honeybees (pupae, larvae and adults) and other insects; also sometimes eats seeds and fruit.
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====Vocalization====
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The main call (by the male) is a loud trill, ''trrrrrrrr'', starting a a low croak and rising in pitch; it lasts 3-4 seconds and repeated at 20- to 68-second intervals.
 
====Breeding====
 
====Breeding====
 
Territorial and brood parasitic. Hosts nest in holes in trees and include [[Golden-tailed Woodpecker]], [[Knysna Woodpecker]], [[Cardinal Woodpecker]], [[Olive Woodpecker]], [[Black-collared Barbet]], [[Whyte's Barbet]], [[Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird]].
 
Territorial and brood parasitic. Hosts nest in holes in trees and include [[Golden-tailed Woodpecker]], [[Knysna Woodpecker]], [[Cardinal Woodpecker]], [[Olive Woodpecker]], [[Black-collared Barbet]], [[Whyte's Barbet]], [[Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird]].
 
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==References==
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#{{Ref-Hockeyetal05}}#{{Ref-SinclairRyan03}}
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
{{GSearch|Indicator+variegatus}}
 
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[[Category:Birds]] [[Category:Indicator]]
 
[[Category:Birds]] [[Category:Indicator]]

Revision as of 19:04, 12 April 2009

Photo by jpbirdman
Location: Mkhuze, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Indicator variegatus

Identification

Length 18-19 cm, mass 36-56 g; a large honeyguide. The throat is yellowish white with fine, dark streaks and the breast is mottled. The forecrown is dark with whitish flecks.

Distribution

Africa: Ethiopia to Angola, Zambia and south-eastern South Africa.

Taxonomy

Monotypic.

Habitat

Forest and dense woodland. Possibly favours forest-woodland mosaic.

Behaviour

Food includes beeswax, honeybees (pupae, larvae and adults) and other insects; also sometimes eats seeds and fruit.

Vocalization

The main call (by the male) is a loud trill, trrrrrrrr, starting a a low croak and rising in pitch; it lasts 3-4 seconds and repeated at 20- to 68-second intervals.

Breeding

Territorial and brood parasitic. Hosts nest in holes in trees and include Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Knysna Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Olive Woodpecker, Black-collared Barbet, Whyte's Barbet, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird.

References

  1. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  2. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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