Uganda: Oxpeckers
Normal view of the MS
Animals of Africa MS issued in 1991
Close up view of the stamp
Close up view of the stamp
Detail of one of the Oxpeckers
Detail of one of the Oxpeckers

I have had this MS on my wanted list for several years after seeing it listed in Collect Birds on Stamps as featuring Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus). The Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus) had already appeared perched on a Rhinoceros in the 1987 Flora and Fauna set.

After a long search, I recently found this MS for sale on the US web site, CoolStamps.com. I was disappointed when the MS arrived to see that the species clearly is Yellow-billed. During my search for images on the web, I came across this one which I believe shows both species of Oxpecker on the rear end of a Zebra.

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