These Birds Sleep Clinging to Giraffes’ Groins

Camera traps show the bizarre place where oxpeckers spend the night.


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(Inside Science) — Researchers were flummoxed when their motion-triggered cameras snapped photographs of birds clinging to giraffes’ crotches for the first time. But after sifting through more than 1 million images from the Serengeti, they discovered that the yellow-billed oxpecker regularly nested in unusual spots.

“I kept finding it over and over,” said Meredith Palmer, a behavioral ecologist and graduate student at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. “They’re mostly up there in the nether regions.”