Hornbills

Hornbills have large beaks with some of the bigger species having large casques on the top of the bill.

These birds are quite unique in their nesting habits, where they find a hollow trunk for the female to lay her eggs, then, in most cases, she will be sealed in with mud whilst she incubates the eggs.  The male has to feed the female whilst she is locked in the nest; she will leave the nest shortly after the chicks hatch.

SGHornbill

Southern Ground Hornbill

Bucorvus leadbeateri

These large hornbills spend most of their time on the ground. They live in co-operative family groups, from 2 - 11 in number, foraging and hunting together. There is a dominant pair and they will be the only ones to breed, although the rest of the group helps with chick...

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Trumpeter Hornbill

Bycanistes bucinator

There are 55 species of  hornbill found and the largest is the Ground Hornbill weighing 4kg (8.8lbs). and the smallest is the Dwarf Red -Billed Hornbill weighing 100g (3.5ozs). In the wild, Trumpeter Hornbills are often seen foraging in large groups and when roosting up to 200 have been counted...

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