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Tayla Brown


Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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I wonder how many species succumbed to extinction due to illnesses brought by humans. By the way I’m happy buffalo and oxpecker are still there

The yellow-billed oxpecker’s coloring is so vivid!

Yes, at Londolozi in 2011, while watching the four lion brothers, then the dominate males, lazily stalk a large herd of buffalo.

Hi Tom, thats amazing that you got to see the lions stalk as well as the Yellow-billed Oxpeckers.

Great photos of the birds and buffalos. Yes, when I was at Londolozi in April I saw lots of the yellow billed oxpeckers.

Thank you Christa. Glad you got to see them when you were here.

Saw a single Yellow-billed Oxpecker in Aug 2014 in amongst a large herd of buffalo and lots of Red-billed Oxpeckers.
Our guide, Don Heyneke and Tracker Judas were quite excited as were we as we appreciated the significance of the sighting.

Yes, I did see them years ago on EP, when there was a huge buffalo herd of more than 200 animals. It took me a while to see the difference between the two!

we see them but don’t really see them. They are just part of the Buffalo . Thanks fir teaching us something new! Victoria

Yes! Tom is posting details as he keeps the records:-)

Tayla, loved oxpeckers🤗

An interesting read Twyla…let’s hope the Rinderpest Virus never rears its ugly head again ! What an awful catastrophe that was. To be honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a yellow billed oxpecker, but for all my time watching game I don’t think I ever go close enough to know there were two type of oxpeckers anyway so I might have missed this wonderful opportunity !

Hi Cally, yes it was an awful catastrophe. You do have to look very closely sometimes so hopefully next time you will be able to see them.

Tayla, you surprised us today! We did not know that there were two types of oxpeckers! We also see that one of the images has both types, and it seems like one of that group that has no color on its beak. Would that be a baby?

Hi Michael and Terri, yes that would be one of the juveniles that has no colour on its beak.

Viewing Cape buffalo in large herds is always exciting but even more interesting are the oxpeckers clambering around their bodies-especially their heads. I’ve noticed both the red and yellowed billed birds recently, occupying space on the same Buffalo. I hadn’t realized until your article that the yellow billed were not as prevalent. Kudos to James Souchon for his detailed image.

Twyla we did see the Oxpeckers on the buffalo’s in the Kruger Park, but for the life of me I cannot remember if it was the red or the yellow Oxpecker. They were also on the giraffe’s and saw a lot of them. Thanks for this vital information, I did not know that there were two different Oxpeckers.

Tayla, how was the Rinderpest virus eradicated. Could it return?

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