In this section are copies of original works of art. All of them are dedicated to helping us live according to unconditional love and compassion, which is the foundation of our peaceful means of bringing true and lasting peace to all of God's creatures, whether they are human beings or other animals.
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This painting is approximately life size, and shows three Red-billed Oxpeckers, a species found mostly in central and eastern Africa. They are closely realsted to the rather similar Yellow-billed Oxpecker (B. africanus), and between them comprise a family thought to be most closely related to the starlings and mynahs, and sometimes considered to be a subfamily within the larger starling family.
Oxpeckers frequently crawl around on large mammals, both wild species and livestock, looking for ticks, flies, lice, mites, and hair and blood (probably from within the bodies of parasites consumed, although apparently they will take some blood from an open wound).
Copyright © Barry Kent MacKay
Barry describes himself as a Canadian artist/writer/naturalist.
See his website: http://barrykentmackay.ca/