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red billed oxpecker

Buphagus erythrorhynchus

Description:

A member of the starling family that feeds on the ticks that infest herd animals, approaching 100 ticks per day per bird. IN addition they will keep the wounds open to feed directly on blood.

Habitat:

Lake Burunge camp

Notes:

This ox pecker waited its turn for a drink perched in a tree near the camp

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KarenSaxton
Spotted by
KarenSaxton

Manyara, Tanzania

Lat: -3.90, Long: 35.84

Spotted on Dec 18, 2017
Submitted on Mar 25, 2020

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