One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small bird of the Old World tropics, typically having drab plumage and feeding chiefly on beeswax and bee grubs. Two African kinds attract humans and other mammals, especially ratels, to bee nests.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Unlike certain avian brood parasites, such as cuckoos and honeyguides, hatchling brown-headed cowbirds rarely directly destroy or actively displace host eggs and nestlings.’
- ‘All species of honeyguide eat beeswax and honeycomb.’
- ‘We also have a lesser honeyguide in our garden forest, a species prone to use woodhoopoes and other hole nesting birds as their host.’
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