Mutualism in human-honeyguide bird interactions

In some parts of Africa, local people foraging for honey are led to honey bee hives by a small bird known as the Greater Honeyguide with the awesome Latin name, Indicator indicator. The birds fly ahead of the honey gathers leading them to the hives in a rare example of mutualistic foraging between humans and non-domesticated wild animals. The result is a significant increase in the foragers ability to locate hives and the yield of the hives they find.

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