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The oxpecker

29 February 2016

 

The Oxpecker have dark, forked tails which they use to support themselves when sitting on the flank of a host mammal where they will seek blood, mucus or ticks to eat. In doing so, they penetrate the body cavities, eyes and the ears of their hosts without being disturbed. Oxpeckers occur on many types of wildlife and they use their scissor-like beaks to pluck off ectoparasites. They also catch flying insects and clean out wounds by pecking away any dead tissue. A single oxpecker can eat approximately 1655 ticks or tick nymphs per day... (Become a subscriber for more)

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