- either of two African starlings of the genus Buphagus, characterized by their habit of riding on large, wild animals and domestic cattle to feed on ticks.
Origin of oxpecker
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Minutes later, a flurry of oxpecker birds rose into the air.Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot
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- either of two African starlings, Buphagus africanus or B. erythrorhynchus, having flattened bills with which they obtain food from the hides of cattleAlso called: tick-bird
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