from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two African starlings (Buphagus africanus or B. erythrorhyncus) that feed on the ticks found on the hides of large wild or domestic animals. Also called tickbird.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two species of passerine bird in the genus Buphagus, in the monotypic family Buphagidae, endemic to sub-Saharan African savannah.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An African bird of the genus Buphaga; the beefeater.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An African bird of the genus Buphaga, or family Buphagidæ: so called from its habit of alighting on cattle to peck for food. See cut under Buphaga.
- n. It is somewhat smaller than a robin, of a grayish-brown color, with dark wings and a yellow bill. This bird is found in northern and eastern Africa. A second species, the red-billed oxpecker, B. erythrorhyncha, inhabits central Africa. See Buphaga, with cut.
* In Zambia, in 1987, a dead buffalo with a dead oxpecker lying next to it.
Oberem also works for a dip manufacturer, AfriVet, which has an oxpecker as its logo and sells dips that birds can safely ingest.
An oxpecker can eat 13,000 of them in a day, and the meals are everywhere – on antelope, horses, cattle, buffalo, rhino, lion, elephant and leopard.
Mystery bird: yellow-billed oxpecker, Buphagus africanus
This smart picture book about animal symbiosis features five illustrations on its opening spread, each paired up with a question such as "Why does a giraffe let an oxpecker climb into its ear?" or "Why does a plover stroll into a crocodile's mouth?"
Is an oxpecker a parasite or a helpful scavenger - your basic feathered cleaner wrasse?
He has spotted fresh buffalo spoor followed by a flock of alarmed oxpecker birds taking flight.
As it fed, four red billed oxpecker birds joined in picking at the tics in its skin.
As the giraffe stood up and shook off the water it drenched the yellow-billed oxpecker that had been removing ticks from its back.
National Geographic-esque photographs in this TIME publication - oxpecker birds riding atop a warthog, a profile of a lion and an antelope in close embrace on the Serengeti, a baby beluga blowing water rings, and, my favorite, a clutch of Japanese snow monkeys lounging like old men in a hot springs.