Family Honeyguides (Indicatoridae)

Least Concern

Zenker's Honeyguide (Melignomon zenkeri)


French: Indicateur de Zenker German: Weißschwanz-Honiganzeiger Spanish: Indicador de Zenker

Melignomon zenkeri


, 1898,

Yaoundé, Cameroon


Closely related to M. eisentrauti, which it possibly meets in Cameroon. Monotypic.


S Cameroon E to S Central African Republic and SW Uganda, S to N Gabon and N & E DRCongo.

Descriptive notes

c. 14·5 cm; female 24–25 g. Nondescript, rather dull honeyguide. Both sexes yellow-olive to brown-olive above, with dark-tipped white outer tail; olive-grey to grey-... read more


Known only from one series of songs from Cameroon, though there is a remote possibility that these... read more


Lowland to lower montane forest and secondary forest, including edges, and cultivated areas with... read more

Food and feeding

Little known; scale insects (Coccidae), including pupae and cocoons, and grey wax-like items mixed with insects. Tough skin and slit-like... read more


Virtually unknown. Surmised to breed during Feb–Mar (end wet season through dry) in Cameroon; Jun in Central African Republic;... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Very little known, and status uncertain. Apparent rarity possibly due to its being overlooked, since all honeyguides, even where relatively common,... read more

Recommended citation

Short, L.L. & Horne, J.F.M. (2019). Zenker's Honeyguide (Melignomon zenkeri). 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 24 October 2019).