How Birds and Honey Hunters Stick Together

When members of the Yao tribe in Mozambique set off to search for wild honey, they don’t go alone.

To find hidden bee hives, the tribesmen enlist the help of expert guides, birds native to the African savanna appropriately named “honeyguides” (Indicator indicator). At the outset of a hunt, the Yao will call out with a distinctive vocalization consisting of a sustained trill followed by an emphatic grunt, best described as a “brrr-hm” sound.

If they’re lucky, one of the small, brown bir

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