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also honey guide  (hŭn′ē-gīd′)
Any of various African or Asian birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
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honey guide



(Animals) any small bird of the family Indicatoridae, inhabiting tropical forests of Africa and Asia and feeding on beeswax, honey, and insects: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
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hon′ey guide`

or hon′ey•guide`,

any of various small, drab-plumaged birds of the family Indicatoridae, of the Old World tropics: noted for their brood parasitism and the partiality of most species to honey, beeswax, and bee larvae.
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Noun1.honey guide - small bird of tropical Africa and Asiahoney guide - small bird of tropical Africa and Asia; feeds on beeswax and honey and larvae
piciform bird - any of numerous nonpasserine insectivorous climbing birds usually having strong bills for boring wood
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I have heard the call of a giant eagle owl and whilst trying to find him, been distracted by a honey guide, whose raucous chattering filled the air whilst he flew from tree to tree, hoping that I would follow him instead.
They get help from a special kind of bird called a "honey guide." This bird also likes to eat bees and it teams up with the honey badger to get dinner.