Bird perfectly demonstrates symbiotic relationship with zebra

NewsflarePublished: March 26, 2018
Published: March 26, 2018

This oxpecker bird demonstrates why it has such a great relationship with zebras.

Video filmed at Kruger National Park in South Africa shows the small bird – also known as a tickbird – gently working its beak through the zebra’s mane.

The zebra does not seem to be bothered by the bird.

Oxpeckers have a symbiotic relationship with many mammals on the African continent and beyond, including rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, and impalas.

The bird combs though the manes of the animals looking for insects and parasites to eat.

This also benefits the mammal, keeping it clean, free of parasites and well-groomed.

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