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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Barcud » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:37 pm

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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:26 pm

Nice close-up!

Did you know that Ground Hornbills groom some animals as well?

"The warthogs approached the hornbills and then lay down on their sides to be cleaned," explains Mr Hendri Coetzee of North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Mr Coetzee says he repeatedly observed similar interactions between common warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus) and southern ground hornbills (Bucorvus leadbeateri) in the Mabula Game Reserve in South Africa's Limpopo Province.

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby JustJo » Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:52 pm

Found a group on S65 last winter. Was scared at first when group approached my parked car ( very small) fairly rapidly. And then they waited!
Went back the next day with the same response. Occurred to me that these guys have been "car=food" conditioned. What a shame. They were great to look at though!
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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Lockie » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:49 pm

welcome JustJo...and your first pic is a beaut...well not really :lol:
Such an.....odd looking bird.

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby billyf » Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:40 am

Great portrait, Sprocky :clap: :clap:
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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby anne-marie » Sun Apr 04, 2010 7:53 am

these eyes and hairdressing :D
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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby JustJo » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:01 pm

When I first saw these up close, I thought they must be one of the inspirations behind Jim Henson's Muppets..especially the eyes and eyelashes! That head shot is great...I was too nervous first time to get closer shots, and kept the windows closed. :?

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Wild about cats » Sun Aug 01, 2010 7:24 pm

On the S145

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Vlakvarkvrou » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:39 pm

We think this Hornbill visited a hair salon in the bush just before we took the photo in July 2010.


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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Leeukos » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:34 pm

I saw a group of Southern Ground Hornbill north of Satara during my trip in September.

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby shangri-la » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:58 pm

Look at the 3 of them arnt they fab

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby ice » Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:39 pm

I recently saw SGH picking at a wildebeest carcass - do they eat carrion or were they simply searching for the insects and larvae that might have found their way into the carcass?

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Barcud » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:03 pm

Hi Ice,

A bit of both when it comes to carcasses. They will feed on bits of meat and also any insects and larvae they find there.

Their main diet is predominantly arthropods, but lizards, snakes, small mammals up to the size of a hare and even tortoise has featured in their food items.

(I posted a pic of one feeding on a Puffadder on the previous page if you have not seen it yet).

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby ice » Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:27 pm

Barcud wrote:(I posted a pic of one feeding on a Puffadder on the previous page if you have not seen it yet).


no, I hadn't but as you wrote, this was alive (wasn't it?) however, that is something else I've always wondered about: quite a few animals eat (venomous) snakes alive...now I imagine it may take a while until a snake dies in a stomach of whatever animal...wouldn't the predator be vulnerable to a snake bite inside his body? :hmz:


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