Naledi and Nkorho Cams are down. We are working on solutions.

kudu's Horns

5 posts / 0 new
Last post
Anonymous's picture
kudu's Horns

Why do the male Kudus rub their horns in mud; I watched a few of them do it. Also, what are the birds all over them, which I am sure are eating insects.

hulagirl55 (not verified)
Anonymous's picture

Thank you that was very interesting. there are so many animals and birds in Africa it's been fun to learn. I've always loved being able to indentify all natural things from rocks, trees, to mammals and birds.

AfricamWatcher (not verified)
Anonymous's picture

Hi Hulagirl,

The birds are Red-billed Oxpeckers. They do help with removing parasites. But what they are actually going for is the blood.  They will pick at wounds or the bite site to keep the blood flowing so they can feed on it, but that prevents the wound from healing quickly. So they benefit much more from the relationship. They spend much of their lives on large mammals, even collecting hair for their nests.

Tourneyman1's picture
Joined: Jan 15 2008

The birds you see on many of the animals are probably oxpeckers.  They have a unique relationship with each other that allows them to eat the insects off of them to benefit both. 


Have you seen the new member guided tour page yet? See it here Want to keep up with what's happening in the forum? Check the recent posts page. Become Africam Wise see the Africam Wiki

Gerda (not verified)
Anonymous's picture

Hi hulagirl,

Rubbing the horns in the mud is a form of territorial behaviour.



Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.