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Buphagus erythrorhynchus caffer 

Linguistics
Actual scientific name :   Buphagus erythrorhynchus caffer 
     
Old scientific name :   Buphagus erythrorhynchus  
     
French name :   Pique-buf bec rouge
     
English name :   Red-billed Oxpecker
     
Vernacular name :  
Tshisuma ngombe (Tshiluba) ; Insande, insompa (Kilamba) ; Musanshi (Kibemba); Nsompa (Kiluba)
 


 

Zoology
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Description :   Brown plumage with creamy belly. Throat and chest are greyish. Red bill and bare yellow skin around the eye.  
     
Habitat :   Bird from Eastern Africa. In Katanga, mainly present in the Upemba and Kundelungu parks. With the disappearance of the large mammals, it would be interesting to study its actual presence in Katanga.  
     
Behaviour :   Remove ticks from large mammals.  
     
Diet :   Mainly feeds on ticks and other insects.  
     
Life history :   Nest is placed in a hole and nidifictaion takes place during the rainy season from December to February.  
     
Distribution in Katanga :   view map  
 
 
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This database was established according to official pieces of work and with the help of famous scientists. However, there might be some errors.

The vernacular names were collected in the field and in the colonial literature from the first part of the 20th century. The monks who established the first dictionaries were not necessarily informed naturalists. Therefore, errors must have been committed.

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