Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill

southern-yellow-billed-hornbill

Identification:

48 to 60 cm
Long yellow beak
Male has a casque
Bare red skin around eyes and malar stripe
White belly
Grey neck
Black back covered with white spots and stripes

Habitat:

Dry Acacia and broad-leafed woodlands. Frequently they can be sighted along roads.

Behaviour:

Common, near endemic resident. USually occurs in pairs or small family groups in the non breeding season.

Diet:

They feed mainly on the ground foraging for seeds, small insects, spiders and scorpions. They also eat small vertebrates, eggs, fruit, seeds and young leaves. Termites and ants are a preferred food source in the dry season.

Breeding:

The clutch consists of 3 to 4 white eggs usually laid in a natural cavity in a tree trunk. Incubation lasts for or about 25 days. Juveniles maturing after about 45 days.

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