Family Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)

Near Threatened

Yellow-footed Honeyguide (Melignomon eisentrauti)


French: Indicateur d’Eisentraut German: Eisentraut-Honiganzeiger Spanish: Indicador patiamarillo

Melignomon eisentrauti


, 1981,

near Grassfield, north-east Liberia


Closely related to M. zenkeri, which it may meet in Cameroon. Monotypic.


Sierra Leone, Liberia (Mt Nimba, Wonegizi Mts), S Ghana and SW Cameroon; reports from Ivory Coast require confirmation.

Descriptive notes

c. 14·5 cm; male 21–29 g, female 18–25 g. Both sexes yellowish-olive above, with dark-tipped white outer tail; grey-white below, with green-yellow about... read more


Sings (apparently only for relatively brief period in early to mid-afternoon, usually from high... read more


Mainly primary forest, including drier, semi-deciduous areas, also adjacent secondary forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects, and fruits and their seeds; probably also eats beeswax, as yellow waxy material found in stomachs. Forages in canopy up... read more


Unknown. Data from specimens suggest breeding in Mar (possibly Nov–Jun) in Liberia, and Aug and Dec in Cameroon; song only heard Dec... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Very poorly known and, until 2017, considered Data Deficient. Rare throughout range, and habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L., Horne, J.F.M., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Yellow-footed Honeyguide (Melignomon eisentrauti). 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 on 23 January 2019).