any of a family (Indicatoridae) of small, heavily built, drab-colored piciform birds of Africa, Asia, and the East Indies: they are said to lead people or animals to bees' nests in order to eat the grubs and wax discarded by the people, etc. when they take the honeycombs
also honey guide
Any of various African or Asian birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.