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Pallid Honeyguide

Indicator meliphilus

The pallid honeyguide, or Indicator meliphilus, is a member of the Indicatoridae family. This avian species is also colloquially known as the eastern least honeyguide.

Identification Tips

Closely related to Willcocks's honeyguide, the pallid honeyguide shares a similar size with its relative. It can be identified by its response to the calls of the Willcocks's honeyguide, indicating a close resemblance in vocalization.


The pallid honeyguide is native to a range of habitats across several African countries.


This species graces the skies and woodlands of Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


The pallid honeyguide exhibits intriguing behaviors, including its interaction with the calls of the Willcocks's honeyguide.

Similar Species

It is very similar to Willcocks's honeyguide in size and behavior. Additionally, a species described as Indicator narokensis from the border of Kenya and Tanzania was later determined to be a juvenile pallid honeyguide, thus not a separate species.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified the pallid honeyguide as Least Concern, indicating a stable population without immediate threats to its survival.

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Ian Robertson
23 Oct 2017 - 2:06pm
South Africa

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