• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Oxpecker (Zoöl) An African bird of the genus Buphaga; the beefeater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oxpecker An African bird of the genus Buphaga, or family Buphagidæ: so called from its habit of alighting on cattle to peck for food. See cut under Buphaga.
    • n oxpecker It is somewhat smaller than a robin, of a grayish-brown color, with dark wings and a yellow bill. This bird is found in northern and eastern Africa. A second species, the red-billed oxpecker, B. erythrorhyncha, inhabits central Africa. See Buphaga, with cut.
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T he Yellow-billed Oxpecker stands atop the mighty rhinoceros, gobbling ticks and chirping loudly when danger looms.