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 15 videos
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 5 years ago 25 sec 4.3
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 6 years ago 20 sec 4.2
A bird and then another one on the back of a buffalo Locality Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (ssp africanus)
Josep del Hoyo 4 September 2006 7 years ago 31 sec 3.9
PhotosSee all 19 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
Locality Tendaba Airfield, Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia
Paul Cools 3 February 2012 2 years ago 4.3
Perched on a buffalo
Locality Tsavo East National Park, Kenya
Alan Hogarth 28 August 2014 21 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 2 years ago 4.1
Locality Big Babanki, Bamenda Highlands, Northwest Province, Cameroon
Tomas Grim 20 November 2013 1 hour ago ADDED TODAY! 4
Near kanniedood Hide, south of Shingwedzi Camp. 5:49am. Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Charles Hesse 24 December 2009 5 years ago 3