Red-billed oxpeckers on a giraffe

Red-billed oxpeckers on a giraffe

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Credit: BOB GIBBONS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Red-billed oxpeckers on a giraffe. Close-up of three red-billed oxpeckers (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) feeding on a giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis). Oxpeckers are medium-sized African birds known for riding on large mammals to search for insects, including parasitic larvae buried in their hides. Photographed in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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