Yellow bill oxpecker

Oxpecker, African, bird, wildlife, Zebra,
Getting a lift

























The Oxpeckers  are found in sub-Saharan, savanna and open grassland  habitats. It use to ride  on top of Mammals and clean them from ticks, flies and other parasite  in exchange for the ride they get.

Some researches are going on these days, trying to determine  if the Oxpeckers  themselves are parasites (it was observed how they open  old wounds in order to suck blood)  and not really helpful for the cleanliness of the mammals.

There are two species of Oxpeckers, here you can see the Yellow bill (Buphagus africanus), riding on Zebra.