red billed oxpeckers

conservation: 03 May 2017


Christine Read has just advised of the sighting of a breeding pair of Red Billed Oxpeckers just south of site 9. Not only is this a new bird species on The Sanctuary, but there are no records of any other distribution in Mozambique. This is excellent news, as these could become the biological control for the increased tick numbers in the veld and on the game (because of the drought we can’t burn the veld to manage the ticks). From Scotty Kyle: They must have come in from very far away. Even better news if it is a breeding pair and, with the current game numbers on The Sanctuary, it should hold the best food supply for many hundreds of kilometres around.