One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small bird of the Old World tropics which feeds chiefly on beeswax and bee grubs. Two African kinds attract humans and other mammals, especially honey badgers, to bee nests.
Family Indicatoridae: four genera, especially Indicator
- ‘Unlike certain avian brood parasites, such as cuckoos and honeyguides, hatchling brown-headed cowbirds rarely directly destroy or actively displace host eggs and nestlings.’
- ‘We also have a lesser honeyguide in our garden forest, a species prone to use woodhoopoes and other hole nesting birds as their host.’
- ‘All species of honeyguide eat beeswax and honeycomb.’
- ‘But the honeyguide also leads the Boran people of Kenya to the honey nests. Having found a nest, it will, through flight patterns and calls, alert a Boran to send a group to follow the bird to a honey site.’
A marking on the petal of a flower thought to guide pollinating insects to nectar.
- ‘Hairs and intricate patterns of dark lines (honeyguides) show the bee the way.’
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