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“Table for two, Mr.Croc” Says Egyptian Plover: The bird that eats from a crocodile’s teeth


A brave small bird who enters the mouth of a crocodile and takes the little food stuck in her jaws. Egyptian Plover is known as the “Crocodile Bird” Crocodiles are the fun part, never mind!

The Egyptian Plover

The Egyptian Plover is an odd bird of 19-22 cm long black-eyed mask; the rest is white and can be found on the banks of the Nile River in the province of Egypt. The animal is commonly called “crocodile bird” due to its close connection with crocodiles. Crocodiles lay on the seashore with their mouths opened, and these birds fly into the mouth to drink rotting meat that was caught between their jaws, according to Herodotus.

Symbiotic Process Called Mutualism

Both the bird and the crocodile flourish in the presence of each other. It is a system called ‘mutualism’ in which the two species live and profit from harmony. While the bird is fed, the mouth of the crocodile is cleaned. The crocodile’s mouth should be clean rather than feathery.

The birds of Crocodiles and Plover are symbiotic and exhibit the cooperation of two different species. The bird flies straight into the jaws of the crocodile, which may look frightening for the bird. The bird of plover tastes its meal by eating the meat from under the jaws of the crocodile. The crocodile is benefiting as the plover bird purifies the teeth of the crocodile by picking food in its mouth. If the crocodile wishes to cleanse his mouth, he will open it and expect the bird’s help.

If not odd, nature is nothing.


The mechanisms in which all species profit from each other’s presence is explicitly stated as a mutualism. It may be inside or between two species. This link is possible. The species is known as symbionts with that relation. It is a type of mechanism in which a host and a symbiont depend on one other mutually and can take either a short or a long time.
Some examples here:

Acacia trees: Ants dwell in Acacia trees and feed on them. Ants reside on the acacia trees and eat on them. The host is a tree of acacia. The host is the ants. The tree is the shelter and source of food for the ants; on the other hand they are used as watchmen to safeguard the trees against insects and animals.

Plants and honey bees: bees and flowering plants are mutually beneficial to both of them. Bees collect blooms of nectar and pollen that these bees utilise to feed the entire colony. Bees in turn help pollinate flowers. Pollination helps bees to multiply flowers by spreading pollen from blossom to flower.

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