Oxpeckers (Buphagidae)

Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus) - HBW 14, p. 653

French: Piqueboeuf à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabel-Madenhacker 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).