In Tanzania, some Hadza still hunt and gather their food, including honey, which makes up to 15% of their diet. But to find the beehives, they need some help.
A person whistles to attract a honeyguide, which leads the way to honey bee colonies hidden in the trees. The bird eats honeycomb but needs help gaining access to it.
Someone must climb the tree and smoke the bees out.
The reward for this mutual effort is honeycomb filled with honey. The people eat the honey; the birds feast on the leftover honeycomb.
However, the bee hunters often bury or burn the honeycomb to keep the birds hungry and thus cooperative. The honeyguides are left with mere fragments of the comb—which must be just enough to make the partnership worth their while.
Sep 16 2014
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