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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GED causes hyperkeratosis, ulceration and discoloration on the outer ear with a possible involvement of yellow and red-billed oxpeckers (Buphagus sp.) (Lyaruu 2010, Muneza et al.
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The symbiotic relationship between oxpeckers (Buphagus spp.), the world's only obligate tick bird, and their African ungulate hosts, is well known.