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Related to crocodile bird: Egyptian Plover
See Egyptian plover.
[From the unsubstantiated traditional belief that crocodiles allow the bird to fly into their open jaws unharmed so that it can clean their teeth or remove leeches.]
(Animals) an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that lives close to rivers and is thought to feed on insects parasitic on crocodiles
a short-legged African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, inhabiting sandy riverbanks and lake shores.