Wednesday, 7 September 2011

This delighful chap is an African honeyguide chick, along with the carcases of his nestmates. 

Honeyguides lay their eggs in the nests of bee-eaters, which are in holes in trees or abandoned aardvark holes in the ground. Scientists thought that, like European cuckoo chicks, the baby honeyguides were killing the other nestlings, but they didn't know much about how it was being done.

Now a group of Cambridge scientists has placed night-vision cameras in parasitised nests and filmed the honeyguide chick physically attacking and killing the host chicks. 

There's a decent report here at the BBC, but I warn you, the video is gruesome.

1 comment:

genuine_pills said...

yaiks....what a pic. looks like we need some Anti Bacterial/Anti Biotic for those.