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Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius) | by Rosa Gamboias
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Egyptian Plover (Pluvianus aegyptius)

"It is also sometimes referred to as the Crocodile Bird because it is famous for its symbiotic relationship with crocodiles (National Geographic 1986). According to a story dating to Herodotus, the crocodiles lie on the shore with their mouths open, and the plovers fly into the crocodiles' mouths so as to feed on bits of decaying meat that are lodged between the crocodiles' teeth. There is no evidence of this interaction actually occurring in any crocodile species, and it is most likely mythical or allegorical fiction."

Text from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Plover

This has been one of the few species "guilty" for our travel to The Gambia upriver area, and we have been really happy when we found some of these beautiful and very localised birds.

 

Kau-ur Wetlands - The Gambia

 

A great week in the excellent company of my friends Ana Silva and Isidro Vila Verde.

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Taken on October 27, 2011