Do you have to bash every boulder in sight?!
~ The Tic Tic Bird, angry about Ronald having his habit of smashing boulders.
Tic Tic

The Tic Tic Bird

The Tic Tic Bird (also known as Tic Tic) is a bird with the behavior of an oxpecker. He is the best friend of Ronald.

Physical Appearance

He is a small bird that looks like a stork, but has purple skin. He has an orange beak. He is actually a tickbird (or oxpecker).


He has an interest in eating insects off the back of big animals, hence the name. He learns that small animals are supposed to help bigger ones.


Season 1

  • The Story of Zed the Zebra (first appearance, no lines)
  • The Story of Herbert the Warthog (no lines)
  • The Story of Ronald and the Tic Tic Bird
  • The Story of Audrey's Egg
  • The Story of Gary the Dromedary
  • The Story of Esmeralda the Snake (no lines)
  • The Story of Eddie's Big Adventure

Season 2

  • The Story of Reginald's Big Sleep
  • The Story of the Dawn Chorus
  • The Story of Ronald and Rosie
  • The Story of Alan the Aardvark (no lines)
  • The Story of Georgina's Bumbleberry Soup (one speaking line only)
  • The Story of Victor the Crocodile
  • The Story of Herbert's Peaceful Day (no lines)

Season 3

  • The Story of Georgina, Queen of Fashion (unheard cheers only)
  • The Story of Lily's Little Brother
  • The Story of Toby's New House
  • The Story of Ronald's Swimming Lesson
  • The Story of Zed the Hero of Africa

Season 4

  • The Story of Zed's Really Helpful Mood
  • The Story of the End of the Rainy Season Clean
  • The Story of a Long Night in the Jungle
  • The Story of Ronald and His Boulders
  • The Story of the Jungle Ball
  • The Story of Reginald's New Look




  • Despite being angry and sad, no one sees him frowning when doing so. He is always seen smiling whether being angry and sad.
  • Sometimes in the American episode guide, "Tic Tic" is spelled as "Tick Tick". This is to avoid confusion with the traditional game, Tic-Tac-Toe, an American English phrase for Noughts and Crosses.
  • He is based on a red-billed oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus).