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Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
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Copyright: Michel Detay (M_Detay) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 160] (832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: D3S, Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8 G (IF)
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-15 5:20
Viewed: 3028
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

This is a good travel companion in all southern Africa. A friendly and funny bird.

It is a medium sized bird, with length between 48 to 60 cm, characterized by a long yellow beak with a casque (casque reduced 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.

Yellow-billed Hornbill feeds mainly on the ground. It forages for seeds, insects, spiders, but also scorpions. It may catch snakes, which kills beating them strongly on hard surface. It swallows the whole prey, and rejects indigestible parts. It hops on the ground in heavy manner. It can be very tame in parks and reserves, and it is often sighted along roads.

Yellow-billed Hornbill is seen solitary, in pairs or small groups. When calling, bill is pointed downwards and wings are raised.
It is active during the day, but mostly at dawn and dusk. It roosts high in trees during the night.

DIET: Yellow-billed Hornbill feeds on insects, rodents, fruits and seeds, sometimes snakes, lizards and scorpions.

PROTECTION / THREATS / STATUS: : Yellow-billed Hornbill is common and widespread in Southern Africa.

drchoneydew, Adanac, nicozanghi, welwitschia, anel, mad_hatter1984 has marked this note useful
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WOW this is my favorite today!!! Look at the way you caputred the natural light on his eye..this is just AWESOME. I would be thrilled to get a shot like this!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2012-09-15 7:43]

Hello Michel,
What a great close up image allow me a fantastic view of the details of this hornbills beak and face. Great work Michel, thank you.

Ciao Michel
Complimenti per il primo piano sul soggetto, che tra l'altro non conosco.
Ottima nitidezza e belli colori naturali.
Ciao Nico

A dignified portrait of this bird; great profile view. Nice definition and vibrancy of color.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-09-16 5:42]

Bonjour Michel,
These Hornbills are something very special and I love to see them on pictures. Striking portrait of a most interesting bird. Well presented with fine sharpness and natural colors. How expressiv its golden eye!
Thanks and kind regards

Impressive portrait Michel! Excellent composition and very good sharpness. The colours are fantastic.

Hi Michel,
Excellent portrait with good sharpnes and colors, I really like the light.

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