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)....is 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
|Camera:||Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!|
|Lens:||70-300mm f/4-5.6 G |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|
|Date Taken:||7 Jun 2013 - 3:27 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/5.1|