National Geographic : 1954 Apr
557 () aintings by National Ueographic Artist Walter A. Weber Violet-backed Starlings Watch a Honey-Guide Trying to Sneak into Their Nest Honey-guides are parasites. Like America's cowbirds and the Old World's cuckoos, they lay eggs in other birds' nests, leaving the responsibilities of parenthood to their victims. Young honey-guides show ingratitude for foster care by killing their legitimate nest mates. Here a female Greater Honey-guide scouts a starlings' hole in an acacia. She lacks the male's black throat (opposite), just as the female starling lacks her mate's violet plumage.