del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.
Difficult to locate. 18 cm. Small, unobtrusive, forest honeyguide. Upperparts dark olive green to brown with paler underparts, especially on throat and lower breast, belly and flanks. The toes and part tarsi are bright yellow. Similar spp. Other similar sized honeyguides have dark feet and tarsi. Zenker's Honeyguide is darker overall, especially on underparts and has less white in the tail. Juvenile Yellow Whiskered Greenbul is similar and has bright yellow feet and part tarsi but lacks white outer tail feathers. Voice Song a series of about 13 clear, emphatic notes each rising in pitch, with the whole series slightly descending and slowing towards the end: tuu-i tuu-i tuu-i tuu-i... tuu tuu tuu (Rainey et al. 2003). Hints Any forest honeyguide seen in central or west Africa should be carefully examined for this species. Calls in the afternoon, from 7 hours after dawn (Dowsett-Lemaire 2008).
Allport, G. A.; Ausden, M.; Hayman, P. V.; Robertson, P.; Wood, P. 1989. The conservation of the birds of the Gola Forest, Sierra Leone. International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, U.K.
Bowden, C. G. R.; Hayman, P. V.; Martins, R. P.; Robertson, P. A.; Mudd, S. H.; Woodcock, M. W. 1995. The Melignomon honeyguides: a review of recent range extensions and some remarks on their identification, with a description of the song of Zenker's Honeyguide. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 2(1): 32.
Butchart, S. H. M. 2007. Yellow-footed Honeyguide Melignomon eisentrauti. Bulletin of the African Bird Club 14(2): 146.
Collar, N. J.; Stuart, S. N. 1985. Threatened birds of Africa and related islands: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. International Council for Bird Preservation, and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, Cambridge, U.K.
del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. 2002. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Dowsett-Lemaire, F. 2008. On the singing habits of forest honeyguides of the Guineo-Congolian region, with a request for further information . Bulletin of the African Bird Club 15(1): 24-35.
Gatter, W. 1997. Birds of Liberia. Pica Press, Robertsbridge, UK.
Holbech, L. H. 1996. Faunistic diversity and game production contra human activities in the Ghana high forest zone, with reference to the Western Region.
Lachenaud, O. 2006. Les oiseaux du Pare National du Banco et de la Foret Classee de l'Anguedou, Cote d'Ivoire. Malimbus 28(2): 107-133.
Rainey, H., Borrow, N., Demey R. 2003. First recordings of vocalisations of yellow-footed honeyguide Melignomon eisentrauti and confirmed records in Ivory Coast. . Malimbus 25(1): 31-38.
Stattersfield, A. J.; Crosby, M. J.; Long, A. J.; Wege, D. C. 1998. Endemic bird areas of the world: priorities for bird conservation. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Data Deficient|
|Species name author||Louette, 1981|
|Population size||Unknown mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||17,500 km2|
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