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(Buphaga) of tropical Africa, next to which the celebrated ornithologist Prince Bonaparte finally placed it.
It is relieved of a portion of the parasitic ticks, so common on the hides of thick-skinned animals, by means of the red-beaked rhinoceros birds, _Buphaga erythrorhynca_, a dozen or more of which may be seen partly perched on its horns and partly moving about on its back, and picking up the ticks on which they feed.
A still more curious bird is the Scissirostrum pagei, which although it is at present classed in the Starling family, differs from all other species in the form of the bill and nostrils, and seems most nearly allied in its general structure to the Ox-peckers (Buphaga) of tropical
The gadfly, bot-fly, or sheep-fly: the larva lives in the bodies of cattle throughout the whole winter; it is extracted from their backs by an African bird called Buphaga.
This sharpness of the claws allows the bird to cling to the nearly insensible cuticle without irritating the nerves of pain on the true skin, exactly as a burr does to the human hand; but in the case of the ‘Buphaga