The BBC Radio 4 series “Natural Histories” is featuring honeyguides on 18 October (11h00 BST; repeat on 24 October at 21h00). On the programme, Claire Spottiswoode talks about our research on the Jekyll-and-Hyde lives of these intriguing birds – their brutal life as brood parasites of other birds (which we study in Zambia), and their cooperative life as collaborators of human honey-hunters (which we study in Mozambique), joined by Zambian nest-finder and legendary bird man Lazaro Hamuskili, Mozambican honey-hunter Orlando Yassene, and Dr Brian Wood of Yale University. The programme is presented by Brett Westwood and produced by Tim Dee. For more information, please see the programme webpage.
The Society for the Study of Evolution has awarded Jess Lund an R. C. Lewontin Graduate Research Excellence Grant, which will enable her to expand her investigations into the fascinating lives of honeyguides. This grant is awarded to students early in their PhD programmes to assist them in enhancing the scope of their research. Thank you to the SSE for their generous support of our work!