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Oxpeckers

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Nov 03, 2005 9:45 am

I was watching the programme "Life of Birds" by David Attenborough yesterday and he was showing how not only do the oxpeckers eat ticks off their host animals as we all knew, but the ear wax out of the ears and also any dandruff the animals might have.

They also pick constantly at a wound, to keep it bleeding so as to have a supply of blood :shock:

It seems there is more to our "little cleaners" than we realize.

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Unread post by Snoobab » Thu Nov 03, 2005 10:28 pm

Elas wrote:They also pick constantly at a wound, to keep it bleeding so as to have a supply of blood


They are not always as helpful as would seem. As stated they keep wound open to attract parasite which they eat.

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Unread post by leopardspotter » Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:05 pm

There are two types of Oxpeckers, the Red-billed and the Yellow-billed Oxpeckers.
Is there any behaviour differences between the two :?:
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Unread post by Elsa » Sun Dec 04, 2005 7:51 am

leopardspotter wrote:There are two types of Oxpeckers, the Red-billed and the Yellow-billed Oxpeckers.
Is there any behaviour differnces between them :?:


Hi Leopardspotter

My bird book tells me that the yellowbilled variety which is found more in the north and often near water, and found in association with buffalo, rhino and hippo, whereas the redbilled variety commom in the north and East prefers hairier animals such as giraffe and buck.

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Unread post by Elsa » Sat Mar 11, 2006 12:26 pm

The Oxpeckers are having an absolute feast currently, as we noticed a heavy infestation of ticks on all the animals, I guess with all the long grass.

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Unread post by richardharris » Fri Jul 07, 2006 4:33 pm

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A couple of shots from this years trip.

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:28 am

Ons of the most reliable alarm makers in the bush.
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Unread post by Jumbo » Mon Jul 31, 2006 5:17 pm

wildtuinman wrote:Ons of the most reliable alarm makers in the bush.


And quite a noisy one on top of that….. :lol:

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Unread post by Jumbo » Tue Aug 01, 2006 8:03 am

bert wrote:Great shots Jumbo


Thanks Bert, but it will be dishonest to take credit :redface: …the zebra with the birds was parading up and down in front of our veranda at our bush house. It is actually quite difficult to get a nice pix of these guys in Kruger…they are normally very skittish. :?
Beautiful pix WTM! :D

BTW, we have noticed that these birds really love drinking water. When they are in the area they constantly visit the birdbath for a drink…permanently flying between the animals and the water. Some other birds we noticed are also very dependent on water are the Mousebirds.

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Unread post by Elsa » Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:58 am

What an obliging Impala. :wink:
But a fascinating glimpse of what happens in the wilds.
Thanks Duques. :D


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