oxpecker definition

  • noun:
    • Either of two African starlings (Buphagus africanus or B. erythrorhyncus) that feed on the ticks on the hides of big crazy or domestic animals. Also known as tickbird.
    • Either of two species of passerine bird inside genus Buphagus, when you look at the monotypic family members Buphagidae, endemic to sub-Saharan African savannah.
    • An African bird associated with the genus Buphaga; the beefeater.
    • An African bird of genus Buphaga, or family Buphagidæ: so-called from its habit of alighting on cattle to peck for meals. See cut-under Buphaga.
    • It is somewhat smaller compared to a robin, of a grayish-brown color, with dark wings and a yellow costs. This bird is found in northern and east Africa. An extra species, the red-billed oxpecker, B. erythrorhyncha, inhabits main Africa. See Buphaga, with cut.

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