Honeyguide Chicks Stab Their Siblings To Death With Hooked Bills

One by one, three bee-eater chicks hatch in their underground nest, and they are all about to die. There is a fourth chick in with them, but it is no bee-eater. It is a greater honeyguide, a different species that was laid in the nest and mistakenly incubated by the bee-eater parents. Having hatched a few days ago, it has been lying in wait for its foster siblings. As each emerges in turn, the honeyguide attacks it with vicious spikes on its bill. Completely blind, it is literally stabbing in the dark but it makes up for its imprecision with brutality. Within minutes of entering the world, the other chicks are dead.

Greater honeyguide are known for leading humans to bee hives. In return, they eat some of the honey liberated by their more powerful partners. That’s the adults – the chicks are more mysterious. People have only seen youngsters from five of the 17 honeyguide species and all of them have been found in nests of other birds with no native chicks around. And all of them have savage bill hooks.

Cuckoo chicks use this method to eliminate other foster siblings, not to satisfy their hunger in the short term,but in the long term. Without the presence of the siblings, the cuckoo gets larger quantites of food from the mother, and is more likely to survive and reproduce as a result.Dead brothers do not compete for food!Nature is sometimes a Cruel force.

Honeyguide Chicks Stab Their Siblings

Honeyguide Chicks Stab Their Siblings

Honeyguide Chicks Stab Their Siblings

Honeyguide Chicks Stab Their Siblings

Honeyguide Chicks Stab Their Siblings