Record number of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers Buphagus africanus Linnaeus, 1766 (Aves: Passeriformes: Buphagidae) foraging on a single host

Diogo Verissimo, Jean-Christophe Cugnière, Suzanne Cugnière, Julien Cugnière, Géraldine Cugnière, Laure Cugnière


In June 2016, we observed a group of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers foraging on a single male Giraffe, in the Savuti area of Chobe National Park, Botswana.  From photographic evidence we estimate the Oxpecker group numbered between 51 and 60, the highest number on record for a single host.



Africa; Botswana; Chobe National Park; Giraffe; herbivore; ungulate; Yellow-billed Oxpecker

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