Scaly-throated Honeyguide

Indicator variegatus

This uncommon honeyguide is easily distinguished from other species by its streaked throat and mottled breast.

We first recorded this large, olive-backed bird in September 2010 while on the Shokwe Pan walk with Joseph Gumede in the Ndumo Game Reserve.

Our parent’s home in Ocean View on the south coast of KwaZulu Natal has become my most reliable spot for this species.


Scaly-throated Honeyguide / False Bay Nature Reserve, Hluhluwe, South Africa / January 2019 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / False Bay Nature Reserve, Hluhluwe, South Africa / January 2019 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / False Bay Nature Reserve, Hluhluwe, South Africa / January 2019 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ocean View, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 13 April 2013 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Gwahumbe Game Reserve, Mid Illovo, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa / 28 August 2015 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ocean View, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 13 April 2013 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ocean View, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 13 April 2013 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ocean View, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 13 April 2013 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ocean View, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 13 April 2013 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Soutpansberg Roodewal Forest, South Africa Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ocean View, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 13 April 2013 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Gwahumbe Game Reserve, Mid Illovo, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa / 28 August 2015 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ocean View, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 13 April 2013 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ocean View, South Africa Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ndumo Game Reserve, South Africa Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Forest Creek Lodge, Mpumalanga, South Africa / 14 August 2015 Scaly-throated Honeyguide / Ocean View, South Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa / 13 April 2013
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