French: Indicateur pygmée German: Liliputlaubpicker Spanish: Indicador insigne
Other common names:
Western Green-backed Honeyguide,
Western Green-backed Honeybird
Moonda River, Gabon
Subspecies and Distribution
P. i. flavodorsalis
Bannerman, 1923 – Sierra Leone E to SW Nigeria.
P. i. insignis
(Cassin, 1856) – SE Nigeria S to N Angola, E in N DRCongo to South Sudan and W Kenya.
c. 10 cm; male 8·9–12 g, female 9–13 g. Small, greenish bird with thin, flycatcher-like bill. Both sexes of nominate race various shades of green above,... read more
Almost unknown; chattering calls reported, also weak “ski-a” or “whi-hihi”... read more
Primary and well-developed secondary forest, riverine forest, forest edges and clearings, and large... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, preferentially scale insects (Coccidae) and their exudate, also wasps, caterpillars, flies, shield-bugs (Pentatomidae), and others... read more
May in Liberia; recorded in Oct–Nov in Sierra Leone; Sept–Jan in Ghana, Cameroon, Gabon and Angola; probably Jun–Sept in... read more
Probably only local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Very little known; widespread but never common, and range apparently disjunct. Few specimens from C Congo Basin, which is generally not considered... read more
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