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Books about Oxpeckers

This page lists books that are totally or partially about Oxpeckers. The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.


Family: Buphagidae
Genus: Buphagus

There are 2 species of oxpeckers both of which are found in sub-Saharan Africa.

Red-billed Oxpecker
Buphagus erythrorhynchus

Yellow-billed Oxpecker
Buphagus africanus


Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 14: Bush-Shrikes to Old World Sparrows

Edited by Josep Del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and David Christie

Lynx Edicions


This volume covers bushshrikes, helmetshrikes, vangas, drongos, wattlebirds, mud-builders, white-winged chough and apostlebird, woodswallows, bornean bristlehead, butcherbirds, birds-of-paradise, bowerbirds, crows, oxpeckers, starlings, old world sparrows.

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The Birds of Africa, Volume VI: Picathartes to Oxpeckers

Editors: C Hilary Fry and Stuart Keith

Illustrations: Martin Woodcock and Ian Willis



"This is the sixth volume in a set of seven, follows the standard taxonomic sequence and deals with songbirds from the babblers to starlings. A new introduction brings the reader up-to-date with recent developments in the series and includes an essay on aspects of biogeography illustrated through African birds. Overviews of the families are followed by genus summaries (with associated superspecies maps, where appropriate) and the species accounts themselves, organized under standard heading: Range and Status, Description, Field Characters, Voice, General Habits, Food, Breeding Habits, and Key References. Each species has a distribution map and many are illustrated with line drawings by Ian Willis showing nests and behavior. There are 36 superb color plates by Martin Woodcock that illustrate all the plumages of all species covered in the volume."

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Last updated December 2013