hon·​ey·​guide | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌgīd How to pronounce honeyguide (audio) \

Definition of honeyguide

: any of a family (Indicatoridae) of small plainly colored nonpasserine birds that inhabit Africa, the Himalayas, and the East Indies and that include some which lead people or animals to the nests of bees

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Recent Examples on the Web The Yao community in Mozambique follows greater honeyguides to giant, wild bee hives—and has likely been doing so for centuries. Popular Science, "There was only ever one true Ferris Wheel, and we blew it up," 11 Mar. 2020 Such brood parasitism has arisen independently at least three times, in the groups known as cuckoos, cowbirds and honeyguides. The Economist, "Convergent evolutionThicker eggshells help cuckoos hatch earlier than their nestmates," 18 Jan. 2018 But for the clarity of reciprocity, nothing can match the relationship between honeyguide and honey hunter. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Sign Up for the Science Times Newsletter," 22 July 2016 When humans speak up, the little African birds called honeyguides listen—and can understand, a new study confirms for the first time. National Geographic, "First Proof That Wild Animals Really Can Communicate With Us," 21 July 2016 Honeyguides excel at locating bees’ nests, but a bird that tries to steal some of the tasty reward could easily be stung to death. National Geographic, "First Proof That Wild Animals Really Can Communicate With Us," 21 July 2016 He and Spottiswoode are now working together to explore how hunters elsewhere in Africa signal honeyguides. National Geographic, "First Proof That Wild Animals Really Can Communicate With Us," 21 July 2016

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First Known Use of honeyguide

1777, in the meaning defined above

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“Honeyguide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeyguide. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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