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acrylic on illustration board 12" x 24"
Piapiacs (Ptilostomus afer) are small, crow-like corvids that are found in tropical Africa from southern Senegal east to Ethiopia and western Kenya. They forage for insects in small flocks, often perching on the backs of large mammals to hunt the grasshoppers they disturb. Where Piapiacs occur with elephants, they favor them as perches, and unlike oxpeckers, they are tolerated by the pachyderms.