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crocodile bird

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noun

an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that often sits upon basking crocodiles and feeds on their insect parasites.

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Origin of crocodile bird

First recorded in 1865–70
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crocodile bird

noun

an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that lives close to rivers and is thought to feed on insects parasitic on crocodiles
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