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Scaly-throated Honeyguide - BirdForum Opus

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

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.

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