Oxpeckers' Summit Meeting
Yellow-billed oxpeckers (Buphagus africanus) perched on the crest of an African or Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) and convening to decide on a strategy to remove parasites from their host. Oxpeckers are known to be beneficial to their hosts in what is known as a mutualistic, symbiotic relationship. Oxpeckers remove bloodsucking ecto-parasites and help control infestation of ticks. They also serve as an early warning system to their host by flying up and down, hissing and rasping, and causing the buffalo to look out for a potential threat.
Digital image ID: Micheline_Rouquet_20160419_006867
Created: April 19, 2016
Author: Micheline Rouquet
© Micheline Rouquet
Digital image size: 16.0 Mpixels (45.8 MB uncompressed) - 4000x4000 pixels (13.3x13.3 in / 33.9x33.9 cm at 300 ppi)