Two species of oxpecker exist in Africa — Red-billed and Yellow-billed. Red-billed is quite common at Sabi Sabi while Yellow-billed is rare. They pick ticks and other ectoparasites from the hides of large mammals. This giraffe didn’t seem bothered at all by the oxpecker on top of its head. I also saw the birds on rhinos, zebras, and buffalos.
Southern White-faced Owl
This small owl stands about 10 inches tall (22-28 cm) and weighs no more than 7.8 ounces (220 grams). It has a white face with a black border and huge orange eyes. We watched this bird for a minute or two while it hunted for a mouse or other prey.