SCIENTIFIC NAME: Buphagus erythrorhynchus
SWAHILI NAME: Shashi domo-jekundu; Askari wa kifaru
Spot a herd of grazing animals almost anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa and you will see red- and yellow-billed oxpeckers riding on their backs. The birds seem to enjoy the blood they draw as much as the ticks they eat. Although they help rid grazers of parasites, they also open wounds to infection. The birds may provide a clearer benefit: the loud warning hiss they give when predators are near.