Yellow-Billed Oxpecker

yellow-billed-oxpecker

Identification:

20 cm.
Yellow bill with red tip
Red eye
Plain brown upperparts and head
Buff underparts and pale rump
Sexes similar. Juveniles have first a yellow bill and a narrow yellow eyering, both becoming dark brown and eventually like adults within the first year.

Habitat:

Found in open savanna. Some trees are required for breeding and roosting.

Behaviour:

Almost all of their time is spend on large mammals (wild animals and domesticated).

Diet:

The diet includes insects and ticks. The primary host is buffalo, followed by giraffe, impala and warthog.

Breeding:

A co-operative breeder, a pair is assisted by several helpers, which help feed the young. It nests in tree holes lined with hair plucked from livestock. 2–3 eggs are laid.

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