National Geographic : 1954 Apr
© National Geographic Society 555 Painting by National Geographic Artist Walter A. Weber End of the Quest: Bird and Mammal Team Up to Find and Rob a Wild Bees' Nest Africa's Greater Honey-guide, drab little cousin of the woodpeckers, puzzles ornithologists by its remarkable habit of leading men and animals to bees' nests. Here the feathered thief waits while its partner, a ratel, or honey badger, gorges. Later the bird, whose scientific name appropriately is Indicator indicator, will dine on honeycomb, its favorite food, and bee grubs. This specimen wears the juvenile's yellow chest.