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Yellow-billed Oxpecker - Buphagus africanus. This member of the Starling family is common to sub-Saharan countries and is easily identified by its bright yellow bill with a red tip. It earns its living on the back of buffalo, rhino, giraffe and many of the other plains game of Africa. Was severely threatened when it took up with cattle which are routinely dipped in Africa. Ticks, poisonous dip and the population plumeted. Brought back through captive breeding and release programmes. Seen
The Red-Billed Firefinch is aptly named. They hang around together in small flocks of active individual all hopping and fluttering about so that the brightly coloured male really does look like a flame in the fire. I first saw these little chaps up in the Okovango Delta
The Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis) (formerly Halcyon capensis), is a tree kingfisher which is widely but sparsely distributed in the tropical Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, from India and Sri Lanka to Indonesia.
The Yellow-billed Barbet (Trachyphonus purpuratus) is a species of bird in the Lybiidae family. It is found in Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.