A paleotropical near passerine bird related to woodpeckers in the Indicatoridae family. Its scientific and English names all pertain to its propensity to lead humans to bee hives. It is debatable if it also directs non-human creatures.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, the greater honeyguide is a resident breeder. It may be found in a range of tree-rich settings, including dry open woodland, but not in the West African rainforest.
The male has a black neck and dark grey-brown upperparts with white underparts. The wings have whitish streaks and a golden shoulder patch. The bill is pink in color. The female has a duller appearance and no black throat. Her bill is dark in color. Immature birds have olive-brown upper parts with a white rump, yellow neck, and upper breast, making them easily identifiable.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No