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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ox•peck•erˈɒksˌpɛk ər(n.)

  1. either of two African starlings of the genus Buphagus, noted for their habit of alighting on hoofed mammals to feed on ticks.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of oxpecker:

1840–50

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  1. oxpecker(Noun)

    Either of two species of passerine bird in the genus Buphagus, in the monotypic family Buphagidae, endemic to sub-Saharan African savannah.

  2. Origin: From: ox + pecker

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  1. Oxpecker

    The oxpeckers are two species of bird which make up the family Buphagidae. Some ornithologists regard them as a subfamily Buphaginae within the starling family Sturnidae but they appear to be quite distinct. Oxpeckers are endemic to the savanna of Sub-Saharan Africa. Both the English and scientific names arise from their habit of perching on large mammals such as cattle or rhinoceroses, and eating ticks, botfly larvae, and other parasites. According to the more recent studies of Muscicapoidea phylogeny, the oxpeckers are an ancient line related to Mimidae and starlings but not particularly close to either. Considering the known biogeography of these groups, the most plausible explanation seems that the oxpecker lineage originated in Eastern or Southeastern Asia like the other two. This would make the two species of Buphagus something like living fossils, and demonstrates that such remnants of past evolution can possess striking and unique autapomorphic adaptations.

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