oxpecker

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ox·peck·er

 (ŏks′pĕk′ər)
n.
Either of two African starlings (Buphagus africanus or B. erythrorhyncus) that feed on ticks and other insects found on the hides of large wild or domestic animals. Also called tickbird.

oxpecker

(ˈɒksˌpɛkə)
n
(Animals) either of two African starlings, Buphagus africanus or B. erythrorhynchus, having flattened bills with which they obtain food from the hides of cattle. Also called: tick-bird

ox•peck•er

(ˈɒksˌpɛk ər)

n.
either of two African starlings of the genus Buphagus, noted for their habit of alighting on hoofed mammals to feed on ticks.
[1840–50]
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A critical evaluation of the role played by the red-billed oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus in the biological control of ticks.
Herds of cattle in Africa are closely attended by oxpecker birds Buphagus spp.