Pluvianidae - Egyptian Plover - Bird Watching,Resources for Bird Watching by the Fat Birder
The Pluvianidae has Egyptian plover, also known as the crocodile bird, as the sole to as the crocodile bird for its alleged symbiotic relationship with crocodiles. Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) with Egyptian Plover or Crocodile Bird . sever as a perfect example for the symbiosis relationship of commensalism. The symbiotic relationship between the crocodile and the plover bird is exemplary of two organisms working together. The plover bird flies.
This tiny bird is called the Egyptian Plover bird.
Pluvianidae - Egyptian Plover
What does she do with them? She eats them and often this completes her diet. So, the Plover bird gets her food and the crocodile gets his mouth cleaned. In this way, both are able to help each other! Let us get to know a little bit more about these creatures: A crocodile is a carnivore which means it eats all kinds of animals that live in the water and even cattle.
They have strong jaws. They do not chew their food, just swallow the entire prey into their stomach where it is broken down.
Egyptian Plover and Crocodile by Valerie Rae on Prezi
It is while swallowing that the bits of flesh get stuck in their teeth. You will find them swimming just like this beneath the surface of water with their eyes and nostrils just above.Plovers and Crocs
Often you will find them lazing around in the sun with their mouth wide open. They have powerful jaw muscles and can keep their mouth open for a long time.
Let us look at the Plover Bird closely. She lives in pairs or in small groups near water bodies, just like our crocodile does. She flies in groups.
From below, the flying bird is entirely white, apart from the orange belly and black wing bar. After landing, members of a pair greet each other by raising their wings in an elaborate ceremony that shows off the black and white markings.
The sexes are similar, but juveniles are duller and the black marking are intermixed with brown. This usually very tame bird is found in pairs or small groups near water. It feeds by pecking for insects.
The call is a high-pitched krrr-krrr-krrr. The bird is sometimes referred to as the crocodile bird for its alleged symbiotic relationship with crocodiles. According to Herodotus, the crocodiles lie on the shore with their mouths open and a bird called trochilus flies into the crocodiles' mouths so as to feed on decaying meat lodged between the crocodiles' teeth.
The identification of the trochilus with any particular plover is doubtful, as is the cleaning symbiosis itself; no known photographic evidence exists, and the written accounts are considered suspect. This family consists of just one species - Egyptian Plover Pluvianus aegyptius Family Links Family Account The Egyptian plover Pluvianus aegyptiusalso known as the crocodile bird, is a wader, the only member of the genus Pluvianus.
Formerly placed in the pratincole and courser family, Glareolidae, it is now regarded as the sole member of its own monotypic family Pluvianidae.