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oxpecker

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Definition of oxpecker in English:

noun

A brown African bird related to the starlings, feeding on parasites that infest the skins of large grazing mammals.
  • Genus Buphagus, family Sturnidae (or Buphagidae): two species
Example sentences
  • Clouds of oxpeckers chirp above the buffalo, while cattle egrets, a series of white splashes, rise and fall at their feet.
  • We were on our second day, descended a hill when we spotted four redbilled oxpeckers riding a white rhino, busily probing folds of skin, ears and even nostrils for ticks, their primary food source.
  • The red-billed oxpecker keeps ticks and other vermin from the skin.

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