How humans and wild birds collaborate to get precious resources of honey and wax

22 Jul 2016

By following honeyguides, a species of bird, people in Africa are able to locate bees’ nests to harvest honey.  Research now reveals that humans use special calls to solicit the help of honeyguides and that honeyguides actively recruit appropriate human partners. This relationship is a rare example of cooperation between humans and free-living animals.

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African greater honeyguide

Natural born killers

07 Sep 2011

Newly hatched chicks of African honeyguide birds bite to death their foster siblings to eliminate competition.

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