Capybara with yellow-headed caracara

Capybara with yellow-headed caracara

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Credit: TONY CAMACHO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris) standing in shallow water with a yellow-headed caracara (Milvago chimachima) perched on its back. This bird has a mutualistic relationship with the capybara, feeding on the parasites in its skin and pelt, as seen here. Photographed in the Brazilian Pantanal.

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