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Oxpecker, Yellow-billed

Unread postby richardharris » Sun Dec 04, 2005 10:34 pm

It is my impression that yellowbilled are also becoming more common. When I started visiting the Park I never saw one - but over the last 4 years or so nearly always do - and usually as Elsa says, with buffalo

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Unread postby Snoobab » Tue Dec 06, 2005 3:03 pm

Yellowbills are becoming more common and widespread. Although I have only seen them from Punda and north there have been reports of them as far south as Satara. Many year ago they were very common and then seemed to dissappear but now seem to be making a come back. As far as behaviour is concerned I am not too sure. Around Punda I have seen them on Giraffe, Kudu and even Impala and of course on Buff.

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Unread postby CurtisDillon » Thu Dec 22, 2005 11:48 pm

The Yellow billed Oxpecker was considered extinct as a breeding species in South Africa by 1920. The main cause for its disappearance is the widespread over-hunting of buffalo and rhino during the late 1800's. The rinderpest epidemic that decimated cattle numbers in the 1880's and the subsequent use of arsenic dips for cattle also played a role.

The species has reconolised parts of South Africa and although still listed as vulnerable, is now estimated to number 150 to 300 pairs. The overwhelming majority occurs in the Kruger National Park.

Only one pair within a larger group, usually up to 5 birds, actually breed. In both the Red billed and Yellow billed oxpeckers.

The Yellow billed Oxpecker is slightly larger than its Red billed cousin. The feeding styles of the two species mean that they favour different hosts and different tick species.

The yellow billed Oxpeckers peck at, rather than scissors through the hair of their host.


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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Mar 10, 2006 10:20 am

Any more photos of either oxpecker specie out there? I would like to see a photo of a Yellow-billed Oxpecker. Did see them in Pafuri 2 years ago.
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Unread postby arks » Fri Jul 07, 2006 5:14 am

francoisd wrote:Any more photos of either oxpecker specie out there? I would like to see a photo of a Yellow-billed Oxpecker. Did see them in Pafuri 2 years ago.

Here's one I saw near Shingwedzi on 23 April 2006 :)

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Unread postby Adansonia » Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:46 pm

South of Mopani (16 May 2008).

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Unread postby Impisi08 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:52 am

Voortrekkers Road (7 april 2008):

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Unread postby Richprins » Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:04 pm

Near Kremetart Windmill, on the way to Pafuri. Sep 2007.

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Unread postby Richprins » Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:10 pm

Impisi, are you sure it was the "Voortrekkers road", as that is very far south! (H2-2)

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Unread postby Impisi08 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 10:24 am

Richprins: Impisi, are you sure it was the "Voortrekkers road", as that is very far south! (H2-2)


Yes, 100%. I stayed at Berg en Dal from 5-8 April. On the 7th I went to Pretoriuskop and back via the Voortrekkers Road. There was this herd of impala near the other side of the road with red-billed oxpeckers and yellow-billed oxpeckers. There were people behind me and they were very patient and waited for me to finish taking photo's. That's the reason I remember this sighting so well, because unfortunately, in my experience, that is not very common with impala.

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Re: Yellowbilled

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:38 am

Richprins wrote:Impisi, are you sure it was the "Voortrekkers road", as that is very far south! (H2-2)


They are coming further and further south in recent times.

I am yet to see one thou. :cry:

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Unread postby katydownunder » Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:53 pm

We saw these ones on the Red Rocks Loop on the 2nd of May.

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Unread postby Richprins » Sun Jun 15, 2008 5:48 pm

Hi, katydu!

Could you put up a larger version of the second pic, as it seems the one on the left may be a juvenile, which is rare to see! :D

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Re: Yellow-billed

Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:31 pm

Hi RP !

Here is a even larger Version of the second pic.
I did not know that a juvenile is a rare sighting though :redface:

And here is another photo of another one, I think this is a juvenile.
I did not post it before, because the quality was too bad :roll:

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Unread postby Richprins » Mon Jun 16, 2008 7:00 pm

Thanks, katydu!

All nice pics! :clap:

Roberts' says "sexes alike", so it seems first pics are adults.

Last pic seems juvenile, as Roberts' says "bills dull brown"!


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