Definition of honeyguide in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌnɪgʌɪd


  • 1A small bird of the Old World tropics which feeds chiefly on beeswax and bee grubs. Two African kinds attract humans and other mammals, especially honey badgers, to bee nests.
    • Family Indicatoridae: four genera, especially Indicator
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    • Unlike certain avian brood parasites, such as cuckoos and honeyguides, hatchling brown-headed cowbirds rarely directly destroy or actively displace host eggs and nestlings.
    • We also have a lesser honeyguide in our garden forest, a species prone to use woodhoopoes and other hole nesting birds as their host.
    • All species of honeyguide eat beeswax and honeycomb.
  • 2 Botany A marking on the petal of a flower thought to guide pollinating insects to nectar.
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    • Hairs and intricate patterns of dark lines (honeyguides) show the bee the way.

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