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Chobe River Camp, the bird nursery

Avatar of inke inke - 17. September 2019 - Environment

Yellow-billed Oxpeckers on one of the wooden poles close to the nest. The whole family group of these birds feeds the young.

Dirk Heinrich

The researcher Sinvula Michael Lukubwe, who has been studying Yellow-billed Oxpeckers since the beginning of this year,  is excited. These usually very shy birds have chosen a hollow wooden pole in the fencing around the boma of Chobe River Camp as their nesting site. For the first time ever Lukubwe, a lecturer at the University of Namibia (UNAM), had the opportunity to observe the birds feeding their young. Oxpeckers are highly specialized when it comes to food.

Initially nobody took notice of the breeding birds. When they were finally discovered the two chicks were already two weeks old. Lukubwe decided to set up a camera trap to record how many birds feed the young how often. He also wanted to find out, whether some of them spend the night with the chicks. With Yellow-billed Oxpeckers it seems that the whole family group participates in raising chicks.

If you want to know more about these birds and other sightings at Chobe River Camp, please read the article on Namibia Outdoor.


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