Red-billed Ox-pecker with tick in bill

Red-billed Ox-pecker with tick in bill

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Caption: A Red-billed Ox-pecker (buphagus erythrorhynchus) with a tick in its bill. The bird is sitting on the back of a Warthog. This red-billed ox-pecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) and the warthog have a symbiotic relationship. The bird gains food by eating ticks from the warthog's skin, while the warthog gets cleaned of parasites. Photographed in Zimanga private game reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

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