- an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that often sits upon basking crocodiles and feeds on their insect parasites.
Origin of crocodile bird
First recorded in 1865–70
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Here the voice of the Burong boya (crocodile-bird) may be heard, singing like an English thrush.Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak
- an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that lives close to rivers and is thought to feed on insects parasitic on crocodiles
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