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Cape buffalo

Syncerus caffer


A very large animal with a short neck, ox-like shape and sturdy legs. Horns in both sexes un-ridged and more or less flaring to the side. Here seen with red-billed ox-peckers (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) hitching both a free ride and free meal.


Crossing a road in the Kruger park.

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i so cute

armadeus.4 2 months ago

Belated congratulations on your SOTW Mel! Thank you for sharing :)

Tukup 2 months ago

Cool shot Mel, especially with the ox-peckers. Congratulations on the well-deserved SOTW.

DrNamgyalTSherpa 2 months ago


Beautiful capture Mel,congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing.

Saturniidae27 2 months ago

Congrats on the SOTW!

Mel11 2 months ago

Thanks all. Much appreciated. The birds made me think of daily commuters..l

Ornithoptera80 2 months ago


MichaelS 2 months ago

Hi Mel11,

Congratulations! Your spotting has been voted Project Noah's Spotting of the Week! This post highlights a fascinating species interaction between the Cape Buffalo and Red-Billed Ox-Peckers. The Project Noah community looks forward to seeing what you discover next!

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 months ago

I wonder if the ox-peckers regard an ox as theirs. ;-)

ChunXingWong 2 months ago

Great wildlife interaction observation!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 2 months ago

I love the ox-peckers on his back. Mutually beneficial relationship!

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Kruger Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Sep 24, 2011
Submitted on Oct 24, 2020

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