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An African Darter (Anhinga rufa) photographed at Pilanesberg National Park (North West Province, South Africa). Martin [ Home Web page] [ Digital photography Gallery] Zazoo

There is so much that can easily be stated about these birds, because the Lion King they have actually captivated many a photographer! The Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) is a Hornbill located in southern Africa.


It is a medium sized bird, with length between 48 to 60 centimeters, defined by a long yellow beak with a casque (casque lowered in the female). The skin around the eyes and in the malar stripe is pinkish. The related Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill from north-eastern Africa has blackish skin around the eyes. They have a white belly, gray neck, and black back with abundant white spots and stripes. They feed mainly on the ground, where they forage for seeds, small pests, spiders and scorpions. Termites and ants are a preferred food source in the dry season. Females lay 3 to 4 white eggs in their nest cavities and incubate them for about 25 days. Juveniles take about 45 days to mature. This hornbill is a typical, widespread resident of the dry thorn fields and broad-leafed woodlands. Often they can easily be sighted along roads. Info from a Kruger National Park ranger, these are recognized in your area as the “Flying Banana�. Wildlife photography, art work and visual modifying from Jason Wharam Digital photography. More information on South African experience at :

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