Definition of tick-bird in English:

tick-bird

noun

  • 1

    another term for oxpecker
  • 2

    South African term for cattle egret
    • ‘In Swahili the tick bird is named "askari wa kifaru," meaning "the rhino's guard."’
    • ‘The tick bird (they don't eat ticks) takes a free ride and as the rhino is walking it chases up small insects hidden in the grass.’