Yellow-billed Oxpecker

Buphagus africanus

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

The Yellow-billed Oxpecker is similar to the Red-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 yellow at the base with a red tip. The eyes are red.

This photo was taken in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.







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