Honeyguides and Honey Gatherers: Interspecific Communication in a Symbiotic Relationship

  title={Honeyguides and Honey Gatherers: Interspecific Communication in a Symbiotic Relationship},
  author={Hussein A. Isack and Hans-Ulrich Reyer},
  pages={1343 - 1346}
In many parts of Africa, people searching for honey are led to bees' nests by the greater honeyguide (Indicator indicator Sparrman). The Boran people of Kenya claim that they can deduce the direction and the distance to the nest as well as their own arrival at the nest from the bird's flight pattern, perching height, and calls. Analyses of the behavior of guiding birds confirmed these claims. 

Honeybees of Africa

Seasonal Cycles of the Honeybee Colonies and Intraspecific and Interspecific Conflicts are studied.

Mutualism and manipulation in Hadza–honeyguide interactions

Awer Honey-Hunting Culture With Greater Honeyguides in Coastal Kenya

The remarkable mutualism between humans and greater honeyguides (Indicator indicator) is known still to thrive in only a few places in Africa. Here, we report on the honey-hunting culture of the

Hunters and Guides: Multispecies Encounters between Humans, Honeyguide Birds and Honeybees

This paper discusses the relationship between humans and honeyguide birds ( Indicator indicator ) in the Adamaoua Region of Cameroon. Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, the honeyguide is known to guide

Reciprocal signaling in honeyguide-human mutualism

It is shown experimentally that a specialized vocal sound made by Mozambican honey-hunters seeking bees’ nests elicits elevated cooperative behavior from honeyguides, providing experimental evidence that a wild animal in a natural setting responds adaptively to a human signal of cooperation.

Song recognition and heterospecific associations between 2 fairy-wren species (Maluridae)

It is shown for the first time that Splendid and variegated fairy-wrens discriminate among heterospecific individuals, likely more widespread than previously appreciated, and recognition may play a significant role in the maintenance and coordination of mixed-species assemblages.

Common ravens, Corvus corax, preferentially associate with grey wolves, Canis lupus, as a foraging strategy in winter

It is shown that ravens preferentially associate with wolves in both the presence and absence of food, resulting in the discovery of carcasses and suppression of ravens' innate fear of novel food sources.

Honey, Hadza, hunter-gatherers, and human evolution.

A stab in the dark: chick killing by brood parasitic honeyguides

The first detailed observations of honeyguides killing host chicks with their specially adapted bill hooks are reported from the Afrotropical greater honeyguide, based on repeated video recordings.



Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Approach

Part 1 Natural selection and life histories: evolutionary models in behavioural ecology evolution of life histories human behavioural ecology. Part 2 Exploitation of resources: decision-making

TIT FOR TAT in sticklebacks and the evolution of cooperation

Using a system of mirrors, single three-spined sticklebacks approaching a live predator were provided with either a simulated cooperating companion or a simulated defecting one supporting the hypothesis that cooperation can evolve among egoists.

Aggregation of Predators and Insect Parasites and its Effect on Stability

In an attempt to show how predator aggregation could affect stability, Hassell & May (1973) considered a simple modification of the Nicholson-Bailey model in which the prey survival was given by the predator, which effectively implies an even distribution of predators throughout the whole prey area.

Animal Migration, Navigation, and Homing

The observation that stopping distances decrease as the bees' nest is approached was also reported by G

    We measured distances by counting paces and later converting them into meters. Perching heights were estimated to the nearest 0.5 m. In cases of skewed distribution

      Our reanalysis of Friedmann's data (6) indicates that even his birds showed directional guiding and probably had prior knowledge ofthe hive location

        The small sample size did not allow us to calculate separate regressions as in the case of Stopdist. Therefore, Perch data from all guidings were pooled