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Host selection and species preference of the Red-Billed Oxpecker Buphagus Erythrorhynchus in the Kruger National Park

J. H Grobler
Koedoe | Vol 23, No 1 | a637 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v23i1.637 | © 1980 J. H Grobler | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 December 1980 | Published: 02 December 1980

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J. H Grobler, National Parks Board of Trustees, South Africa

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Abstract

The host selection and species preference of the Red- billed Oxpecker was investigated during January and February 1979, in the southern portion of the Kruger National Park, Republic of South Africa. A total of 19 species of larger mammals were looked at and of these 11 were utilised as hosts. Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis, were found to be the most import- ant host and ranked well above the others as a preferred species. Published data on oxpeckers were reviewed with the view to possible translocation of the birds as a measure to increase their now limited distribution.

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