Red billed oxpecker

By ColleenA
Good morning ....TGIF
Thank you for the amazing response to my zebra ..... also to Christine (Cookie Monster) for her Oscar UA, I was chuffed.
Today the Oxpecker (Buphagus) a passerine bird in the starling and myna family sturnidae. They are native to the savannah of sub-Saharan Africa, from the Central African Republic and south to northern and eastern South Africa.
The red billed Oxpecker nests in tree holes lined with hair plucked from animals it feeds on. It lays 2 - 5 eggs, with 3 being the average. Outside the breeding season it forms large chattering flocks. They eat insects and can mostly be seen on the backs of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and rhino to name a few. An adult can eat up to 100 engorged ticks a day or more than 12,00 larvae in a day. So they really are natures way of helping to relieve the animals of the burden of ticks.
However, their preferred food is blood and while they may take ticks bloated with blood, they also feed on it directly, pecking at the mammals wounds to keep them open to more parasites.
The versions are just a few more captures of oxpeckers. These oxpeckers were sitting on wildebeest and there were a lot of flies buzzing around their heads.
Have a nice day GrinGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature Re billed oxpecker

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What a lovely fella, beautiful reds with the eyes and beak.. Another wild life beauty Colleen.. Wonderful images ..

Lynette Grin

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 5:25AM
Splendid set, absolutely love versions 6 & 7.
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
31 Jan 2014 6:33AM
That is a fantastic series of shots Colleen. In the first the little bird looks like a baby penguin and V6 with them all on the buffalo's head is a stunning image.

I need to set up a UA but in the meantime you can have my 'imaginary UA of the day'....sound of trumpets blaring triumphantly.

Eight lovely captures with V6 and V8 superb. Well done Colleen.
31 Jan 2014 6:57AM
V 5 to V8 are stunning . Very 2 well taken. Even the hoovering insects are also seen .
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
31 Jan 2014 7:01AM
V1 & 6 for me, Colleen but I'd have been thrilled to get any of them.
Brilliant shots!
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 7:13AM
More stunning shots for your book Colleen. Superb photography. Smile

31 Jan 2014 7:17AM
Stunning images , all of them ,but V6 is my absolute favourite ! - Excellent , Colleen! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile
31 Jan 2014 7:26AM
These are stunning and as I have just remarked to Simon, thank you too for a trip around Africa to see and enjoy the wonderful wild life. V6 for me. But all of fantastic. PattyGrin
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 7:32AM
What an exciting selection....never heard of these birds before
Thanks for the introduction
Have you heard what Germaine Greer is up to???
Really interesting and all power to the lass a proper start for us humans...
Doubt it will catch on and she does have the finances
White her book about it.
JohnoP 12 2
31 Jan 2014 7:57AM
Fantastic Colleen! Lovely images, especially V6, and very interesting description! John
31 Jan 2014 8:05AM
A wonderful set Colleen. V6 for me also GrinGrin

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 8:06AM
Think we are all agreed on V6. Andy's right, my first thought was very penguin like. This is a superb set of pictures Colleen. GrinGrinGrin Peter.
31 Jan 2014 8:19AM
Super set Colleen,
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 8:25AM
Great photos Colleen, especially V6. They are beautiful little birds despite their disgusting diet. Stillif they keep down the number of ticks I am all for them.

Bantu 4 7 1 India
31 Jan 2014 9:02AM
You really capture very seriously,really vey well captured.
gwynn56 6 87 England
31 Jan 2014 9:14AM
nice capture , a shot of red eye tooWink
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
31 Jan 2014 9:21AM
A great set of images supported by excellent background info.

31 Jan 2014 9:23AM
What a brilliant set, Colleen - I just love V6 and the choir bird in V7!!SmileSmile

31 Jan 2014 9:48AM
a fine set Colleen and the narrative finishes it all very well so thanks for that

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
31 Jan 2014 10:17AM
v6 my favourite with the 'host' included. A very good set, Colleen.

31 Jan 2014 10:28AM
Bravo, Colleen. Amazing set of images. V6 is my favourite.

31 Jan 2014 10:41AM
Great set, Colleen! My favorite is number 7, where he shouts - "Hey, guys, go to me, I have found a lot of fatty fleas!Smile
Thanks Colleen!Smile
Regards valery
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 10:44AM
A really lovely set and V6 is a super detailed shot.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
31 Jan 2014 10:59AM
V7 is a classic...........When I'm Calling You.............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 11:00AM
An amazing set Colleen with V6 and V7 my choices for today.
Interesting narrative also.
Kate GrinGrin
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 11:16AM
Wonderful series of images Colleen,

Ali GrinGrin
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
31 Jan 2014 11:17AM
Cape Buffalo's friends, always on the job Colleen.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
31 Jan 2014 11:28AM
What a wonderful looking bird Smile An excellent set, with a very interesting write-up, too, Colleen Smile I love V6, so this has to be my fave in the set Wink
Trev Smile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
31 Jan 2014 11:48AM
What a gorgeous set, and so unusual. I swear I thought this was a stuffed toy when I first saw V1. Grin
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
31 Jan 2014 11:57AM
V6 is my favourite.
Great captures.

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 12:01PM
V6 needs it own uploading that is most impressive!!
and V8 is a great sharp shot too
amazing birds here Colleen
well shot
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 12:29PM
Beautiful bird, great setSmile

31 Jan 2014 1:36PM
Learn something every day! Thank you for providing the interesting details on this unusal looking bird,
Superb series. V6 my favourite.
Mike_Smith Plus
10 486 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 3:04PM
Cracking set of shots these Colleen, these birds provide a great service to the animals then
ukgubbi 6 5 India
31 Jan 2014 3:20PM
Very informative. I like their natural habitat. Lovely shots of these cute birds.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
31 Jan 2014 3:22PM
They look comical little birds here Colleen !!
V6 for me.
Good set.
Very good Colleen,V6 outstanding,love the series,love the animal.Saw many on my trips to Kenya,very often in the company of the white Rhino.
Great set of images, well captured.

Mary Grin
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 4:13PM
I love these little birds - but I've never been as close to them as this. v8 is my favourite as I think it's the sharpest and the light is so lovely.
31 Jan 2014 4:31PM
a fantastic series of shots, all are good, my favourite is v7
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 4:33PM
What a great set Colleena.
31 Jan 2014 4:37PM
A fascinating set colleen, especially for us who've never seen one.

John Smile
9 10 10 England
31 Jan 2014 4:50PM
Great set - love V7.
31 Jan 2014 6:06PM
Excellent captures especially V6, Colleen!
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
31 Jan 2014 6:08PM
I got to V4 before i was convinced this was a real bird, i was sure it was a stuffed toy for a while, what an amazing little creature, so colourful and cute.
V6 is a superb picture and i would like to give my UA for that image. The look on the poor wildebeest's face, a real friday afternoon feeling if ever there was one.
V8 is also great. Excelent set Colleen Very nice work.

gss 4 1 Romania
31 Jan 2014 6:25PM
Woww! Excellent set; as I Watch discovery & national geographic very often, I Knew something about those birds, but in your set they are gorgeous, and thanks for additional info,. Great, amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing!
WOW ! GREAT set !!!
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
31 Jan 2014 8:15PM
SmileSmileSmileSmileGorgeous set ColleenSmileSmileSmile
31 Jan 2014 8:49PM
Wonderful set of images Colleen.

Jenny Smile
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2014 9:08PM
Great set of images and agreat write up Colleen, love V6 the look on his face!!!!

dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
31 Jan 2014 9:11PM
Looks like V6 is the stand out image for many, as it is for me.
You're giving Simon a run for his money, Colleen Grin

31 Jan 2014 10:37PM
Brilliant set Colleen. V6 and V7 definitely my favourites. Cathy
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
31 Jan 2014 11:14PM
What a tremendous set of images Colleen, I'm sure these will tick all the boxes for our man from Mombassa Safari Simon!Wink
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2014 9:16PM
All outstanding images! Grin
V6 is my favorite! Grin
1 Feb 2014 9:56PM
Wonderful Oxpecker set with good narrativeGrin
6 3 8 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2014 7:26PM
Wonderful images and description. V6 is a stunner!WinkGrin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
3 Feb 2014 11:08PM
v6 is fantastic and I like the mozzies in v1.
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
3 Feb 2014 11:26PM
A really fabulous set of images, Colleen, each one unique and great in its own right. Well done indeed. Ann.

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