from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.

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  • n. Any of several Old World tropical birds, of the family Indicatoridae, that feed on honey or beeswax


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  • Key species are the dwarf honeyguide Indicator pumilio, African green broadbill Pseudocalyptomena graueri, Lagden's bushshrike Malaconotus lagdeni, Kivu ground thrush Zoothera tanganjicae, Oberlander's ground thrush Z. oberlaenderi, Grauer's rush warbler Bradypterus graueri, Chaplin's flycatcher Muscicapa lendu and dusky crimsonwing Cryptospiza shelleyi.

    Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

  • Listing the clutches he has taken of various host birds with greater honeyguide eggs in them, he says, “I am not a modest collector, as you know, I am a vast collector!”

    A Year on the Wing

  • As we look at his honeyguide eggs and skins he claps his hands to his knees and rocks with mirth telling us of John Walpole-Bond, the Sussex bird man and egg collector of the early twentieth century.

    A Year on the Wing

  • But Claire reported an occasion with Lazaro after I left Zambia when their attention was drawn by a greater honeyguide fluttering and croaking ahead of them.

    A Year on the Wing

  • We bring to the dining table more dead honeyguides and blown honeyguide eggs than there are anywhere else in the world.

    A Year on the Wing

  • Flannery zooms in on our mutually beneficial relationships with species like the greater African honeyguide, which uses a distinctive call and display to lure people to beehives, which then become a shared food source.

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  • the greater honeyguide has even been recorded “eating candles”—Frank B. Gill, Ornithology, 3rd ed New York: W. H. Freeman, 2007, p.

    A Year on the Wing

  • I’ve seen two honeyguide species—in both Zambia and South Africa—but neither was a guiding bird.

    A Year on the Wing


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  • His chicks in their stolen nests thrive;
    He'll betray and then feast on a hive.
    A stranger to pride
    The sly honeyguide
    Prefers not to work but connive.

    April 18, 2015