However, the new research, which was released this month in the African Journal of Ecology,

Buffalo are the oxpeckers' preferred hosts during the daytime

Buffalo are the oxpeckers’ preferred hosts during the daytime.(Snapshot Serengeti and the Serengeti Lion Project)

demonstrated that the birds don’t stick with whatever host they happen to be on when the sun sets. At night, they prefer giraffes, despite the fact that giraffes are considerably rarer than buffalo. Out of 25 recorded instances of oxpeckers nesting on animals at night, 20 showed them on giraffes, while the remaining five revealed them settling for eland or buffalo.