French: Piqueboeuf à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabel-Madenhacker Spanish: Picabueyes piquigualdo
Subspecies and Distribution
B. a. africanus
Linnaeus, 1766 – SW Mauritania and Senegal E to SW & SE Sudan, W & S South Sudan, NW Ethiopia and W Eritrea, also locally SW Angola (S from Huíla) and N & NE Namibia and, in E, very locally from Uganda and Kenya S to Zambia, Malawi, N Botswana, Zimbabwe, C Mozambique and NE South Africa.
B. a. langi
Chapin, 1921 – Congo Basin in Gabon, Congo, W DRCongo, and W Angola (S to Benguela).
20 cm; 57–71 g. Somewhat variable. Nominate race has dark brown to olive-grey head to throat, mantle, back, upperwing and tail, contrasting light fawn rump and... read more
No song described. Buzzing flight call, and high "peep peep" from circling and displaying birds;... read more
Open savanna, but occurrence dependent on presence of suitable mammalian hosts. Spends virtually... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily ectoparasites of large mammals, and includes ticks (Ixodoidea), lice (Anoplura), fleas (Siphonaptera) and biting flies (... read more
Breeds Jun–Sept in Mauritania and Senegal, Apr–Aug in Nigeria, May–Jun in Sudan, mostly Dec–Jun in E Africa,... read more
No direct studies; recolonization of Kruger National Park (in South Africa) from Zimbabwe indicates... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, with extensive but fragmented range; categorized as "vulnerable" at S end of range. More localized than is B.... read more
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