In stark comparison is the timid and unimpressive member of the Indicatoridae family known as the Honey Guide (more specifically the Greater Honeyguide of Africa). They are some of the few bird species which regularly feed on beeswax, and in that lay the connection of these two creatures.
The guide bird has be observed in nature to attracted the attention of young or female Ratels by flying close to their faces and flashing their bright under-feathers and loud chattering. once the bird has the Ratel's attention it flies to an occupied bee's hive and again flashes it's bright feathers and flies in special flight patterns to make itself most conspicuous. From there the Ratel, who's favorite food is honey, begins to tear apart the hive to consume the honey. With such a thick hide the Ratel is barely fazed by the stings where the Honeyguide would be killed by even a small swarm. After the ratel has finished with the hive the bird swoops in to eat the discarded wax.
It should also be noted that these birds are clever enough to realize the potential in leading local, human honey-hunters to hives. But this behavior is disappearing due to rural tribes relying more on store bought sugar than wild honey.
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