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They are all drab coloured birds, with grey or grey-green upperparts, and grey to whitish-grey underparts. They are among the smallest members of the honeyguide family. They have slender bills compared to other members of the family.
Unlike other honeyguides they do not feed on beeswax.
They help in the pollination of plants like Strelitzia, Callistemom(Bottle Brush), Bombax, Butea monosperma, Coral tree; ornithophily
There are three species:
- Brown-backed honeybird Prodotiscus regulus
- Green-backed honeybird Prodotiscus zambesiae
- Cassin's honeybird Prodotiscus insignis
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