The oxpeckers are two species of bird which make up the family Buphagidae. The oxpeckers were formerly usually treated as a subfamily, Buphaginae, within the starling family, Sturnidae, but molecular phylogenetic studies have consistently shown that they form a separate lineage that is basal to the sister clades containing the Sturnidae and the Mimidae (mockingbirds, thrashers, and allies). Oxpeckers are endemic to the savanna of Sub-Saharan Africa. Both the English and scientific names arise from their habit of perching on large mammals (both wild and domesticated) such as cattle, zebras, impalas, hippopotamuses, or rhinoceroses, and giraffes, eating ticks, small insects, botfly larvae, and other parasites. The behaviour of oxpeckers towards large mammals is mutualism.
Oxpecker birds have the ability to perch expertly on others ideas and ventures. The know how to "ride" through life and its circumstances to form a mutual relationship, whether it be with people, animals or everyday issues. Oxpecker has the balance to maintain stability in all areas. This bird is an expert at "digging things out". This animal has a natural alert system for protecting the host animal. Are you using your voice and communication abilities to the best of your ability? Are you utilizing your skills? Perhaps it is time to observe. He can teach how to get to the root of any problem or situation which may be beneficial to many. He can also show how to take care to not cause more harm than good. He teaches a balance of a parasitic vs symbiotic behaviors. The art of give and take. The Oxpecker teaches how to have a strong direct flight and when landing, how to have strong feet to solidify your potential. Oxpecker has many valuable lessons and skills to teach.
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