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The oxpecker is a natural groomer for the large mammals of Africa. He feeds on ticks, which attach themselves to animal’s skin.

This small brown bird calls home wherever large groups of mammals gather in the wilds of Africa. Where the giraffes, zebras and warthogs are you will find him gently pecking away, relieving his hunger and the nuisance for his fellow wildlife. The oxpecker will feed in early morning and evening. He rests during the hottest part of the day. The oxpeckers are communal birds, at night they can be found in communal roost, in trees, cliffs or on buildings.

The oxpecker begins breeding during the rainy season. There is usually a party of five involved. Each bird helps choose a nesting place and helps build the nest. There will be two of the five that mate. The parents both take turns incubating the eggs, which will take approximately twelve days. When the eggs hatch all birds of that party help in feeding. The broad for up to three months feeds the chicks. The oxpecker becomes sexually mature at one year, and will breed up to three times per year.

The oxpecker can be found all across Africa. His populations are steady, there seems to be no threat for their survival.