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oxpecker

[oks-pek-er] /ˈɒksˌpɛk ər/
noun
1.
either of two African starlings of the genus Buphagus, characterized by their habit of riding on large, wild animals and domestic cattle to feed on ticks.
Origin of oxpecker
1840-1850
1840-50; ox + pecker
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oxpecker

/ˈɒksˌpɛkə/
noun
1.
either of two African starlings, Buphagus africanus or B. erythrorhynchus, having flattened bills with which they obtain food from the hides of cattle Also called tick-bird
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