The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Lesser Honeyguide

Afrikaans name: Kleinheuningwyser

A Lesser Honeyguide in Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve

Lesser Honeyguide

Photo © Steven Herbert

Indicator minor

The Lesser Honeyguide may be found in most areas of South Africa apart from the very driest. Beyond our borders it occurs over much of sub-Saharan Africa.

True to their name the Lesser Honeyguide does feed on bees. It will eat all stages of the bees life cycle as well as the wax. It also eats wasps, various other insects and spiders.

These birds are brood parasites. When its time to breed they lay their egg in an unsuspecting hosts nest. Birds such as barbets, kingfishers, bee-eaters, wood-hoopoes and many more raise the young of the Lesser Honeyguide.

They are found in a number of habitats including riverine forest, woodland, savanna and gardens.

References and further reading

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 49

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 128

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 59

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 53

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 75

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 181

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 262

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 276

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 410

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 316

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 413

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 301

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 272

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 237

LBJs - Author: Newman, Johnson, Solomon, Masterson - Published: 1998 - Page: 46

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 272

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 188

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 80

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 158

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 48

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 134

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 93

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 93

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 60

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 176

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 146

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 189

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