Honeybirds (genus Prodotiscus) are endemic to the sub-Saharan Africa. They belong to the Honeyguide family.
Three species are currently recognized:
- Wahlberg’s or Brown-backed Honeyguide (Prodotiscus regulus)
- Green-backed Honeybird (Prodotiscus zambesiae)
- Cassin’s Honeybird (Prodotiscus insignis)
Honeybirds are among the smallest members of the honeyguide family. The plumage is drab colored – with grey or grey-green upperpart, and grey to whitish-grey underparts.
Their bills are slender compared to other members of the family.
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Unlike other honeyguides, honeybirds don’t feed on beeswax.
They parasitise nests of cisticolas, sunbirds and other dome-nesting bird species.