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Honeyguides: Indicatoridae

Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Malaysian Honeyguide (indicator Archipelagicus): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, HONEYGUIDES AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS

MALAYSIAN HONEYGUIDE (Indicator archipelagicus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
LYRE-TAILED HONEYGUIDE (Melichneutes robustus): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Honeyguides are found in the temperate (mild) and tropical parts of Africa south of the Sahara. In addition, two species are found along the southern foothills of the Himalayas and in Southeast Asia.

Honeyguides live in dense primary forests, secondary forests, gallery forests in semiarid country, open woodlands and scrublands that include a mix of broadleaved trees, shrubs, and grassland. Generally, darker-colored species tend to live in broadleaved forests, while paler ones live in drier woodlands. They live from sea level to near the top of trees in mountainous areas.


Some species of honeyguides guide humans to honey sources.


No species are currently listed as Threatened by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Three species, the Malaysian honeyguide, yellow-rumped honeyguide, and dwarf honeyguide, are listed as Near Threatened, in danger of becoming threatened. Most species in Africa and Asia are threatened by deforestation.

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