The Mystery Bird “Yellow-Billed Oxpecker”

The yellow-billed oxpecker “Buphagus africanus” is a beautiful passerine bird in the starling and myna family, Sturnidae. The name “oxpecker” is related to their habit of perching on large wild and domestic mammals. The yellow-billed oxpecker is 20 cm long and has plain brown upperparts and head, buff underparts and a pale rump. In a day an adult bird will take more than 100 engorged female Boophilus decoloratus ticks or 13,000 larvae. It frequently occurs in association with wild and domestic large mammals. The species often roosts in trees close to these animals, or even on buffaloes’ back at night. The Yellow-billed oxpeckers live in small flocks and can be found at sea-level or in mountains as high as 9,800 feet. These African mystery birds are engaged in a rare behavior, even nesting on the back of a live Cape buffalo.
Some ornithologists regard the oxpeckers to be a separate family, the Buphagidae. It is least common in the extreme east of its range where it overlaps with the r…

Nicobar Pigeon The Coolest Pigeon in the World

Nicobar pigeon is the closest living relative to the extinct Dodo Bird with stunning colorful iridescent feathers. It’s absolutely stunning even they’re relatives, looks nothing like the Dodo. Nicobar’s luminous colors is the only difference, has reddish legs, a while tail and well covered in blue, copper, and green feathers. The Nicobar Pigeon is located at coastal regions from the Nicobar Islands. The bird’s vibrant colorful characteristics aren’t many natural predators that the pigeons would need to conceal themselves from. 

The Nicobar Pigeon is considered “near threatened” in the IUCN list. The dodo bird has been long extinct, but Nicobar pigeon is the closest living connection the famous flightless bird. The stunning colorful Nicobar pigeon resides in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, from the Indian Nicobar Islands eastward to places like Thailand and Papua New Guinea. The precise population is not confirmed, however its numbers are declining due to deforestation and release of non-native predators.  The Nicobar species nests in dense forest on offshore islets, habitually in large colonies. It builds a loose stick nest in a tree. It lays one elliptical faintly blue-tinged white egg. 

This species roams in flocks from island to island, habitually sleeping on offshore islets where no predators take place and spends the day in areas with healthier food availability, even not shying away from areas inhabited by humans. The Nicobar food consists of seeds, fruit and buds, and it is attracted to areas where grain is available. Nicobar is a large pigeon, measuring 40 cm in length and it is a very vocal species, giving a low-pitched repetitive call.

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