Egyptian plover and crocodile relationship problems

Egyptian Plover and Crocodile Relationship by julian wagle on Prezi

egyptian plover and crocodile relationship problems

Crocodile and the Plover Bird What do you think this courageous bird is doing in the crocodile's mouth? Why isn't the crocodile doing anything to her? This tiny. anemones, crocs and plovers What is symbiosis? Amazing examples of symbiotic relationships The Nile crocodile and the Egyptian plover have a unique relationship problem. She uses her antennae to catch the scent of other females. The bird is sometimes referred to as the crocodile bird because it is famous for its alleged symbiotic relationship with crocodiles - quoted by.

They greet each other regularly! They get into its mouth boldly, eat the food and fly away. Even when a Plover Bird is not around, his teeth still need to be cleaned!

egyptian plover and crocodile relationship problems

And a crocodile needs all this cleaning in spite of the following fact: A crocodile can grow new teeth through out his life. Each time an old tooth falls out a new one will grow up to replace it! Crocodiles on the river Nile are the ones that benefit from their service. Nile crocodiles are the second largest in the world and are so ferocious that they can walk to areas much far from their water home to catch cattle prey. Can crocodiles communicate, like us?

If you have gone through the article on Bats on this website, you may have read about the way we produce sound through vocal chords. But crocodiles do not have a vocal chord!

Crocodile and the Plover Bird

They have a voice box at the back of their throat through which they force air from their lungs to the nostrils. A young crocodile calls to the adult when he is in danger and also makes a lot of noise while being fed. Big crocodiles growl and hiss at each other.

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They also pose and move their bodies in different ways to communicate different things to a fellow crocodile. Let us now take a dip in the deep sea where you will find living beings helping each other in even more unique ways. Tooth decay, broken teeth and staining are never a permanent problem for a crocodile. Thirdly, food simply cannot get stuck between their teeth - they are too widely spaced for food particles to get jammed in there, and they are regularly washed with water every time the crocodile slides off the bank.

While bacteria and microscopic particles can indeed become prevalent around the base of the teeth, these are not problems that are going to be solved by the pecking of a bird large or small.

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Leeches are another matter, and crocodiles certainly suffer from these insidious passengers. It's generally thought that gaping the mouth during the day helps a crocodile to dry its mouth and hence discourage leeches, but do birds also help out?

If they do, it hasn't been documented as such. So what's going on?

egyptian plover and crocodile relationship problems

Am I just a born skeptic? Perhaps I am, but that doesn't mean there isn't something in this compelling relationship. Birds of various species are often found feeding in close proximity to crocodiles, and immobile crocodiles basking on the bank in the sun are rarely if ever concerned about birds wandering between them, standing on their back, or straying close to their jaws. Birds are opportunists too, and they will feed on flies and other insects on and around crocodiles.

egyptian plover and crocodile relationship problems

It may even appear that they are removing flies from the crocodile's jaws on occasion. But extrapolating this into a mutual relationship between crocodile and bird is going a bit far.

Crocodiles hardly benefit from the presence of the birds, and yet they tolerate their presence because it's just not worth chasing them. Crocodiles aren't always in the mood for feeding, and they're smart enough to let difficult to catch prey like alert birds pass them by.

egyptian plover and crocodile relationship problems

So if you ask me, the crocodile bird exists in name only. There is no mutual relationship between them, as none has ever been seriously documented, no advantage would be gained by the crocodile, and the hypothesis just doesn't add up.