What animals dive into each other's throats to clean their mouths or look for leftover food? maybe hummingbird

What animals dive into each other’s throats to clean their mouths or look for leftover food? maybe hummingbird

15 July, 2010 (01:18) | hummingbird food | By: admin


Maybe hummingbird and crocodiles? or other symbiotic/mating relationships?

im not sure if there are animals that dive into each other’s mouths to clean the oral cavity, but different animals do it to different animals…like birds to alligators or crocodiles, the wrasse or the cleaning shrimps to other fishes, though the latter do not dive into the mouths…

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Comment from SalJohnCarolle
Time July 15, 2010 at 6:35 am

im not sure if there are animals that dive into each other’s mouths to clean the oral cavity, but different animals do it to different animals…like birds to alligators or crocodiles, the wrasse or the cleaning shrimps to other fishes, though the latter do not dive into the mouths…
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Comment from insomnia c
Time July 15, 2010 at 7:07 am

You might be thinking of the Egyptian Plover. A bird that may feed from meat in the crocodiles teeth.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egyptian_Plover

Comment from jillmcm1970
Time July 15, 2010 at 7:47 am

Hummingbirds do not clean other animals’ mouths – they eat nectar and very small insects like midges.

On land, there are other species of birds that will clean the mouths (and other areas) of other species – the tickbird or oxpecker in Africa and the Torresian crow in Australia. Gulls will pick parasites off of sunning mola (giant sunfish) at sea. The Egyptian plover/crocodile relationship has never been documented scientifically.

Most relationships of this kind, however, are aquatic – there are many species of small fish that swim into and around the mouths of larger fish, feeding on parasites. The best known species of cleaner fish are wrasses and gobies. These fish man stations on the reefs where larger fish congregate – a fish that is ready for cleaning will adopt a particular position to signal that it is looking for a cleaning, not a meal.
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