Tickbirds, also known as oxpeckers, are birds that appear in the The Lion Guard universe. They live in the Pride Lands and the Back Lands.


The tickbirds shown in The Lion Guard are red-billed and yellow-billed oxpeckers. They have brown upper parts and pale brown underparts. They have long tail feathers and strong feet with three toes pointing forward and one pointing backward.


In the Real World

Tickbirds inhabit the savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa. Being rather gregarious birds, they live in flocks. They are usually tolerated by mammals because they eat the ticks and insects off of them, but they will also peck at the animal's wounds for blood. They use pecking motions to nab insects from the fur of short-coated animals. The females lay two-three eggs, which are white or cream in color, at a time.

In The Lion Guard

Tickbirds are known to have a rhinoceros companion. They will follow this friend anywhere, and feed off the insects from their back while guiding them to their next destination.


Never Judge a Hyena by Its Spots

A herd of oryxes is shown running in the wake of a flock of tickbirds.

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A flock of tickbirds in flight

Can't Wait to be Queen

During Duties of the King, a tickbird is shown flying near Twiga.

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A tickbird flying

The Kupatana Celebration

Tickbirds attend the Kupatana celebration. They circle about in the air before alighting on a rhinoceros, a hippo, and an elephant.

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The Tickbirds land

Fuli's New Family

A flock of tickbirds flies around Fuli's head during the song My Own Way.

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Tickbirds circle Fuli

The Imaginary Okapi

A tickbird glides through Imbamba Canyon to Mbali Fields during the song Life in the Pride Lands.

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The gliding tickbird

The Lost Gorillas

Some tickbirds are seen gliding across the air near Theluji Mountains.

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The tickbirds

Ono's Idol

A flock of tickbirds briefly flies past the tallest tree in the Pride Lands.

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Ono the Tickbird

A tickbird named Mwenzi breaks up with his rhino companion, Kifaru and the Lion Guard must reunite the pair while Ono takes his place as tickbird.

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Mwenzi the tickbird

The Savannah Summit

When Makuu approaches Pride Rock, he causes a flock of tickbirds to scatter.

Later, when Makuu announces that Simba's Savannah Summit can go on, his booming voice causes another flock of tickbirds to scatter.

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Notable Tickbirds

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