Yellow-billed Oxpecker
Buphagus africanus
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Oxpeckers have sharp claws and short legs that allow for attachment to and walking on mammals where they peck for parasites and ticks. The upper two photos show birds cleaning an open wound on the giraffe's neck. The right lower photo is courtesy of Michael Lund Markussen. The enlargements include a photo of a night roost on a giraffe (#7): click the photo above to see the enlargements.

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Joseph Morlan, Fain Zimmerman, Michael Lund Markussen

Last Update this page: 5-02-15