It’s possible that the birds’ apparent preference for giraffe groins is at least

At night, giraffes were the favored roosting sites, with camera trapscapturing 20 instances of oxpeckers riding the lanky mammals

At night, giraffes were the favored roosting sites, with camera trapscapturing 20 instances of oxpeckers riding the lanky mammals.(Snapshot Serengeti and the Serengeti Lion Project)

in part a result of camera angles, as camera traps generally capture pictures of the tall animals’ undersides. However, the images themselves are difficult to ignore, with up to seven birds crammed between the long back legs visible in some photographs.