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Brian Wood studies cooperation between honeyguide birds and honey badgers


UCLA Expert: Brian Wood: Associate Professor, UCLA Department of Anthropology

Synopsis: Honeyguide birds and honey badgers might be cooperating to steal honey from bees, according to a new study on hunter-gatherers in Tanzania, Africa.

UCLA News: “Hadzabe hunter-gatherers quietly move through the landscape while hunting animals with bows and arrows, so are poised to observe badgers and honeyguides interacting without disturbing them. Over half of the hunters reported witnessing these interactions, on a few rare occasions,” Wood, co-author of the study, said.