Honeybirds (genus Prodotiscus) are endemic to the sub-Saharan Africa. They belong to the Honeyguide family.

Three species are currently recognized:


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.

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