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Oxpeckers feed on ticks and bloodsucking flies that parasitise buffalo, giraffe, impala and rhino. This relationship is a type of symbiosis known as 'mutualism.'

 

There are two types of oxpecker - the red-billed (red bill with yellow rings around its eyes) and the less common yellow-billed (yellow bill with a red tip). One of their common names is 'the tickbird.'

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Taken on August 11, 2011