Indicatoridae Indicator minor Kleinheuningwyser (A) Conservation status: Least concern Roberts' no.: 476
As a result of the increase of alien trees, it’s population has actually increased . It is a brood parasite utilizing mainly Barbets’ nests. The chick is very aggressive towards the host birds chicks, killing them with amazing strength. The female has the ability to lay her egg very quickly to avoid detection by the host .
In addition she is able to incubate the egg for an extra day. This gives the chick a head start on her host. In this case Black Collared Barbets.
Photographic guide to the birds of Southern Africa