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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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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Barcud » Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:11 pm

Hi Ice,

The Hornbills remove the head of the snake and discard it before eating it, thereby rendering the snake safe(er) to eat.

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby karman » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:42 pm

Hi All,

I would just like to confirm, are these following a male and juvenile hornbills? (spotted 2 weeks ago in kruger)

thanks in advance:
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juvenile :
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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby anne-marie » Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:17 pm

wow impressive portraits :dance:
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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Sprocky » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:35 am

Welcome to the forum karman. Great shots and yes, I agree, male and juvenile. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby 100ponder » Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:14 pm

Hi all,

I am new to this thread but just feel that I have to add my penny's worth.

Ground Hornbills are certainly one of my favorites in the bush ever-since
my first safari through Moremi in the early eighties. I can still recall the first morning of that safari, we had decided to sleep in after the previous day's
long drive and getting stuck in sand - there were much less prepared roads in those days.

At sun-rise we were welcomed with the booming music of the ground hornbills from several directions. What a wonderful world ! !

Over subsequent years I have noticed how ground hornbills becoming more plentiful - over last few years we normally have at least one sighting per day in KNP. Incidentally, I can recall at least one group with two sub-adults.

Also, here in KZN we have sighted them in Oribi Gorge, also right next to the N3 approx. 20 km south of Van Reenens Pass and of all places, on farm land in the Drakensberg foot hills close to the Drakensberg wilderness area - cold grass veldt at approx 2000 meter altitude !

I attach two photos of the Drakensberg Ground Hornbills which I concider as unusual habitat for these birds.

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Unread postby naturelover » Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:01 pm

We have a house in the reserve where the Ground Hornbill Breeding Programme is taking place and we know Anne Turner well. A will ago several of the birds vanished from the reserve so they used the birds' collars to locate them, they tracked them to a farm so they went there with the police to investigate. When they asked the farmer and his wife they denied any knowledge but when they asked the workers the workers told them that the birds were there and showed them where the birds were: they were in on of the farmer's sheds where they had been put in creates to be flown overseas.
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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Nannie » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:21 pm

Yesterday on the H4-1 just past the S79 loop on LS side. Check rings.

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Re: Hornbill, Southern Ground

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:53 am

Saw 5 beauties approx 20 Km north of Satara beginning July 2011.
Always nice to find and interesting to watch these birds! They seem to be increasing in Kruger?

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Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:25 pm

This shy fellow was seen near Mingerhout Dam in December.

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Unread postby flying cheetah » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:36 am

Ground Hornbills feeding on a Puff Adder that was killed by a car :

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Unread postby granjan » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:29 pm

Had several sightings of these fantastic birds in April. Are their numbers increasing in Kruger?

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