A Very Helpful Bird!

A Very Helpful Bird!

Today we meet a little bird that plenty of animals of the African Savannah know.. the Red-billed oxpecker! These little birds play a vital role out their on the plains, come learn more about them and find out why!

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  • Red-billed oxpeckers live in sub-Saharan Africa near savannas.

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  • They grow up to 9 inches long and weigh up to 1.75 ounces.
  • They are listed is least concern by the IUCN.
  • Red-billed oxpeckers insectivores. They eat ticks, fleas and other parasites off the skin of large mammals.
  • They will also feed off the blood of a wound on those same large mammals.
  • Red-billed oxpeckers have light brown feathers.IMG_1403
  • They use a scissor like motion to grab those insects off the animals.
  • Red-billed oxpeckers are known to digest earwax from their host animals. Scientists say it may help them with digestion.
  • Red-billed oxpeckers are social and vocal.

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Red-billed oxpeckers are interesting little birds. They do share a symbiotic relationship with their host animal, even if they do take in some blood. One bird can eat hundreds of ticks in a day and we know every animal is better off without all those creepy critters!

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One thought on “A Very Helpful Bird!

  1. Dangrdafne

    Can I have one for my backyard or to hang with me?? After just recently dealing with a tick for the first time ever, I NEVER want to go through it again. I love this bird.

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