Wo dieser Vogel lebt, sind Bienen und mit ihnen der Honig zuhause. Als Dank bekommt der Honigvogel von jeder Ernte eine Wabe.
Honey is an insect product universally valued for its high energy content - more than 280 calories per 100g. The blossoms of forest trees and plants growing below the forest canopy provide a year-round supply of food for bees in the form of nectar and pollen. The pollinating action of the bees as they forage is also a crucial factor in maintaining yields of tree crops, especially oilseeds and fruits. In some tropical countries (in Tanzania, for example) trade in honey and other beekeeping products such as beeswax and 'royal jelly' is a larger contributor to the national exchequer than all other forest products put together. Village-level beekeeping in India yields an estimated 37000 tonnes of honey a year.
A vogue for 'health foods' in the diets of consumers in the EC, Japan, North America and other relatively affluent regions - a reaction to the over-processed foods characteristic of economies geared to mass production - has boosted demand for natural products like honey in recent years. Growth in honey production and improvement in beekeeping techniques have consequently assumed high priority in many countries, including Tanzania, the Philippines and Brazil. Honey is also a key item in subsistence diets, particularly where it is available in the 'hungry season' prior to the harvesting of crop plants.