Family Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)

Least Concern

Lyre-tailed Honeyguide (Melichneutes robustus)


Taxonomy

French: Indicateur à queue en lyre German: Leierschwanz-Honiganzeiger Spanish: Indicador lira
Taxonomy:

Melignomon robustus

Bates

, 1909,

Bitye, River Dja, Cameroon

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Perhaps closest to I. indicator, but separated generically on basis of unique tail and undertail-coverts, as well as voice and behaviour. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Sierra Leone and Guinea#R E to S Cameroon, SE Central African Republic, N DRCongo and SW Uganda, S to N Angola and C & E DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

c. 16·5–18 cm; male 51·1–61·5 g, female 46·9–57 g. Dull colours with unique lyre-shaped tail diagnostic. Male with outward-... read more

Voice

In aerial display 10–30 loud, nasal “pee-pee” or “prrr prrr” sounds... read more

Habitat

Evergreen and semi-evergreen primary forest and adjacent edges, logged forest, gallery and... read more

Food and feeding

Eats beeswax; also takes termites, other insects, spiders, and fig (Ficus) fruits. Foraging habits largely unknown, but is usually... read more

Breeding

Season mainly inferred from aerial displays, but may display when not breeding; Oct–Dec in Sierra Leone, Nov–Apr in Liberia,... read more

Movements

Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Little known, and only occasionally common in and near primary forest. Distribution known partly from display sounds alone; relatively few specimens... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Lyre-tailed Honeyguide (Melichneutes robustus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/56120 on 15 October 2018).