Jerk Bird

I was reading a book about animal partnerships when I came across a little paragraph about the honey guide. The honey guide works with the ratel to take down a beehive but that’s not what I found most appalling. “While the honey guide’s relationship with the ratel is mutual, with both animals benefiting, it has a parasitic relationship with some other birds. The honey guide doesn’t raise its own young. The female lays her single white egg in the nest of another bird. When the chick hatches out of the egg, it is born with needle sharp hooks on its bill. It uses these to destroy the nestlings of the other birds. Once that’s done, the hooks fall off and the young honey guide gets the full attention of its foster parents.”
Wow. That’s crazy stuff.


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