Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus) - HBW 14, p. 653
French: Piqueboeuf à bec jaune
Spanish: Picabueyes Piquigualdo
Other common names: Tickbird
Taxonomy: Buphaga africana Linnaeus, 1766, Senegal.
Hybrids with B. erythrorhynchus recorded in Zimbabwe. Proposed races megarhynchus (described from L Kivu, in E DRCongo) and somewhat larger haematophagus (from Andara, on R Okavango, in NE Namibia) synonymized with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- africanus Linnaeus, 1766 - SW Mauritania and Senegal E to W, S & E Sudan, NW Ethiopia and W Eritrea, also locally SW Angola (S from Huíla) and N & NE Namibia and, in E, very locally from Uganda and Kenya S to Zambia, Malawi, N Botswana, Zimbabwe, C Mozambique and NE South Africa.
- langi Chapin, 1921 - Congo Basin in Gabon, PRCongo, W DRCongo, and W Angola (S to Benguela).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 16 videos
Two birds on the back of a cow. Locality Tendaba Airfield, Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp africanus)
Yoel Jimenez 4 November 2014 17 weeks ago 31 sec 4.8
perching Locality Mandina Ba, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp africanus)
Daniêl Jimenez 24 December 2011 3 years ago 1 min 51 sec 4.5
A bird on top of a cow Locality Fathala Forest, Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2009 6 years ago 25 sec 4.4
a few birds together Locality Mandina Ba, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp africanus)
Daniêl Jimenez 24 December 2011 3 years ago 39 sec 4.2
Several birds on buffaloes Locality Amboseli National Park, Kenya (ssp africanus)
Josep del Hoyo 18 August 2000 8 years ago 46 sec 4.2
Two birds feeding on the parasites of a buffalo Locality Samburu-Buffalo Springs National Reserves, Kenya (ssp africanus)
Rigdon Currie 31 December 2002 7 years ago 20 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 22 photos
Adult group of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers.
Locality Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp africanus)
Steve Garvie 13 October 2008 5 years ago 4.7
Adult searching food (Giraffe c. giraffa neck)
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp africanus)
maurizioravasini 28 February 2015 17 weeks ago 4.7
Locality Tendaba Airfield, Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia
Paul Cools 3 February 2012 2 years ago 4.4
Perched on a buffalo
Locality Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
Alan Hogarth 28 August 2014 43 weeks ago 4.2
This donkey really seems to get tired by that !
ANTHONY VILLAUME 1 November 2009 2 years ago 4.1
A bird feeding on a hippo's back
Locality Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda
Krzysztof Blachowiak 16 February 2011 3 years ago 4.1
Near kanniedood Hide, south of Shingwedzi Camp. 5:49am. Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Charles Hesse 24 December 2009 5 years ago 3