Hornbill | BPW #43

Southern Ground-hornbill
Southern Ground-hornbill

The Southern Ground-hornbills are large birds, up to around 90 to 129 cm and not at all shy. Don’t you think they have the most beautiful eyelashes? The male hornbill has vivid red patches of bare skin on the face and throat. Females have violet-blue skin on their throats. Ground Hornbills don’t hop, they walk. Actually they stroll through the bush, looking for reptiles, frogs, snails and insects.

I once saw a family of five in a tree. That was the oddest hornbill sighting ever. Really weird to see a couple of huge ground-dwelling birds perching on a branch.

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8 comments

  1. Great photo, Gwen. I hadn't noticed the eyelashes before, but I've never been had such a clear, close look. I know what you mean about ground birds in trees – the first time I saw a Great Blue Heron perched in a tree, I quite taken aback!

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  2. Oh, awesome shot! I saw some ground hornbills in the Gambia but they were so far away, they were about this >–< big in my view. How neat to get such a good look!

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  3. …and they have home ranges of 100 square km!great photo Gwen. Oh, and I checked out your Burchell's Starling photo on the braai. it is such a great bird with those subtle black striations through the metallic blues.

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  4. Excellent capture Gwen. Funny thing is that the first thing I noticed was the eye lashes. Even before I read your post ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cool looking bird!

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  5. Even though the bird is slightly backlit in harsh light, you have produced a beauty here, the details are stunning.

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