One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The Egyptian plover, which is said to feed on insects parasitic on crocodiles.
- ‘The crocodile bird is a plover-like courser.’
- ‘Although crocodiles are formidable predators, taking prey as large as antelopes, they will allow crocodile birds to scavenge among their teeth.’
- ‘In contrast, crocodile birds wander freely among the basking creatures, picking leeches and parasites from their skins, and food fragments from their mouths.’
- ‘My suspicions about his state of mind were further exacerbated when Libby went on to compare political reporters with Egyptian plovers, or crocodile birds, which pick food from between jagged teeth in the opened mouths of massive crocs.’
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