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Cape buffalo

Syncerus caffer

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Crossing a road in the Kruger park.

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13 Comments

i so cute

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 2 months ago

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

Tukup
Tukup 2 months ago

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

DrNamgyalTSherpa
DrNamgyalTSherpa 2 months ago

Congratulations!

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

Saturniidae27
Saturniidae27 2 months ago

Congrats on the SOTW!

Mel11
Mel11 2 months ago

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

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 2 months ago

Congrats!

MichaelS
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!

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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
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!

Mel11
Spotted by
Mel11

Kruger Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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

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