PRODOTISCUS

(Indicatoridae; Ϯ Brown-backed Honeybird P. regulus) Dim. < genus Prodotes Nitzsch, 1829, honeyguide (< Gr. προδοτης prodotēs  betrayer); "Prodotiscus regulus n. sp.   ...   Genus ab Indicatore parum diversum, bene ut subdivisio ejus haberi potest. Præcipue differt rostro tenuiore, subulato, acuto, culmine medio arcuato, caudaque leviter emarginata vel subbifida. — Nares apertæ, rotundatæ, membrana molli cinctæ; vibrissæ nullæ; pedes, alæ, Indicatoris: Remiges ut illius 9 (1:ma deest; 1<4, 2=3.  Etiam colores Indicatoris. Nomen est diminutivum vocis Prodotis, synonymi Indicatoris, a NITZSCHIO dati." (Sundevall 1850); "Prodotiscus Sundevall, Öfv. K. Vet.-Akad. Förh., 7, 1850, p. 109. Type, by monotypy, Prodotiscus regulus Sundevall." (Peters 1948, VI, 63). The Brown-backed Honeybird is not recorded as leading man and mammals to bees’ nests, but feeds on the imago, exudate and pupae of scale insects.
Synon. Hetaerodes.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 11 December 2018).