crocodile birdcrocodile bird
a small African courser (Pluvianus aegyptius) which feeds on insects that are often parasites on the crocodile
See Egyptian plover.
Origin of crocodile birdFrom the unsubstantiated traditional belief that crocodiles allow the bird to fly into their open jaws unharmed so that it can clean their teeth or remove leeches
(plural crocodile birds)
- The Egyptian plover, Pluvianus aegyptius