These Wild Birds Help Humans Hunt for Honey

July 21, 2016 - An African bird called the honeyguide lives up to its name: It actually helps people find wild bees’ nests. The birds lead people to a hive and then feed on the beeswax left behind. Researchers accompanied traditional gatherers in Mozambique as they followed the honey guides. The birds not only vocalized to lead the way but also recognized specific human calls, apparently without training. This cooperative behavior is surprising because wild animals rarely develop this kind of two-way relationship with people.