Red-billed Oxpecker

Buphagus erythrorhynchus

Size: Up to 20 cms long
Habitat: Savanna and woodland
Feeding: Insects and ticks

The Red-billed Oxpecker is similar to the Yellow-billed Oxpecker and is usually found on the body of large animals, picking ticks and insects from the host. They feed not only on the blood from ticks but also blood from wounds on the hosts body.

It has brown upper parts and yellow/beige underparts. The beak is red as its name suggests. The eyes are red with a yellow eye-ring.

This photo was taken in the Amboseli National Park, Kenya.







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