Egyptian plover


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Egyptian plover

n.
An African bird (Pluvianus aegyptius) with a bluish-gray body and black and white markings on the head and neck. Also called crocodile bird.
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A crocodile lets the Egyptian plover bird sit safely in its mouth because the bird cleans the crocodile's teeth.
Varricchio says while the nesting style for Troodon is unusual, "there are similarities with a peculiar nester among birds called the Egyptian Plover that broods its eggs while they're partially buried in sandy substrate of the nest."
New evidence suggests it's the former 6 when scientists closely examined the fossilized eggs of a Late Cretaceous denizen, the troodon, they saw that the eggshells were similar to those of the Egyptian plover, which partially buries its eggs in the sand, but sits atop them as well.