Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Afrikaans name: Geelbek-neushoringvoël
A Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill eating leftover tomato at a picnic site in Kruger National Park
Any visitor to a bushveld game reserve like Kruger National Park will be familiar with the Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill. They are common in camps and picnic sites and are always looking for a bit of leftover food.
The yellow bill of this species is distinctive making it easy to identify.
Males and females look similar but the casque on the bill of the female is smaller.
The Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill nests in holes in trees where up to 4 eggs may be laid. The female incubates the eggs for around 25 days.
Besides being on the lookout for leftover human food they eat insects, spiders, scorpions and seeds.
Their preferred habitats are woodland and dry thornveld.Above and below - The Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill is not shy around humans - especially when there is the prospect of food around. In Kruger National Park they are common around picnic and camp sites.
References and further readingA First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 105
Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 98
Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 44
Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 130
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 399
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 395
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 266
Wild Issue 38 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 73