oxpecker

noun
ox·peck·er | \ ˈäks-ˌpe-kər \

Definition of oxpecker 

: either of two small dull-colored African birds (Buphagus erythrorhynchus and B. africanus) of the starling family that feed on ticks which they pick from the backs of infested cattle and wild mammals

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Not so fast–those oxpeckers are washing the bugs down with a healthy helping of blood. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Those Little Birds On The Backs Of Rhinos Actually Drink Blood," 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of oxpecker

1837, in the meaning defined above

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