This Explains Human Communication With Wild Animals – Hunters & Honeyguides


Scientists have made a discovery in Mozambique which proves the communication between humans (Honey hunters) and wild animals (Honeyguides).

Human relationship with domesticated animals are very common. But when it comes to wild animals, it is always shocking and awesome to comprehend the fact that for a moment the 2 classes of creatures could have a smooth relationship.

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Scientists carried out a research in the northern part of Mozambique; amongst Yao people living in Niassa National Reserve.

They used the African bird known as honeyguide as a case study. When Yao honey hunters make a trilling sound, it implies that they are on a search for bee hives.

The honeyguide hears the sound and understands the signal. The bird leads the hunters by flying to the location of the bee nests.

“The fascinating point in the case of the honeyguide is that it describes such a relationship between a wild animal and humans… This has not been described scientifically before.”- Claudia Wascher, Anglia Ruskin University in Great Britain.

While science is making this case study for the first time, the relationship between Mozambicans and the honeyguides is not exactly new. The relationship has existed for millions of years.

Scientists have seen partnership between the honeyguides and the honey hunters. The work of the honeyguides is to lead the hunters to the bee hives.

The hunters then take it up from there. On spotting the bee hives, they fell the trees to obtain the honey. At this point the birds are no longer at the location. Else, the bees will sting them to death.

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The Yao people of Mozambique are known for fishing, farming and hunting honey.

The scientists noted that there are similar cases that have shown the relationship between humans and free living wild animals.

For instance, they say that dolphins have been found to help fishermen catch more fish. However it is not proven yet that the parties involved consciously send and understand each other’s signals.

The honeyguides and honey hunters share a stronger communication cum partnership in honey hunting. Scientists believe that the birds probably existed for the  bee hunting purpose. More so when humans on their own do not always do a good job finding bee hives.