There are 11 species of honeyguide birds, closely related to the barbet. The honeyguide has
grey to brown plumage with the addition of some brighter highlights in several of the
species. The honeyguide is quite fascinating in its culinary habits. Although the honeyguide
feeds on insects and berries, the main source of food comes from the bee or wasp hive.
Feasting on the highly indigestible wax, the honeyguide has special bacteria within its
intestines that break it down. Honeyguides also eat bees, wasps and larvae like the
bee-eater. However, they do not seem to remove the sting prior to consumption. It is believed
that the honeyguide is resistant to bee and wasp venom. Honeyguides are found in Africa.
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