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Southern Ground Hornbills singing

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Southern Ground Hornbills singing

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These pre-historic-looking birds are black with white flight feathers and a red wattle. You can recognize females by the blue patch on their red wattle. Males have bare facial skin and a wattle that can expand. These neck wattles are used to make booming or grunting sounds, often just before dawn.

Southern ground-hornbills are carnivorous—eating lizards, frogs, snakes, snails, and insects. They are able to fly, but spend the majority of their time on the ground.  They hunt in groups by walking (instead of hopping), probing, pecking, and digging at the ground.

These birds live in cooperative breeding groups made up of a dominant pair and several  subordinate adult males.  This dominant pair successfully breeds only once every nine years, with only one surviving chick per nest.

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Tourneyman1's picture

Thank you Morris for

Thank you Morris for capturing the sight and also for the added information about the bird.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.... especially when the cams go down.

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Fantastic, thanks Morris!I

Fantastic, thanks Morris!

I this bird Smiling

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars  -  Brian Littrell

donnabac's picture

Thanks Morris! I'm glad the

Thanks Morris! I'm glad the zoomie was there and let us watch them for awhile. Every once in awhile, they were in harmony with their crooning. Smiling


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