oxpecker

[oks-pek-er]
noun
  1. 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

First recorded in 1840–50; ox + pecker
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oxpecker

noun
  1. 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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