Impala and oxpecker

Impala and oxpecker

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Credit: DR P. MARAZZI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Impala (Aepyceros melampus) with a red-billed oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) on its head. The oxpecker and impala have a symbiotic relationship. The bird gains food by eating ticks from the impala's skin, while the impala is cleaned of parasites. However, oxpeckers have been known to feed from open wounds on mammals as well, preventing them from healing. Impala are antelopes that are found in the grasslands and savannahs of southern Africa. the males have horns. They feed mainly on grasses and woody plants. Photographed in Luangwa National Park, Zambia, Africa.

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