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Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Tockus leucomelas


I spotted this hornbill in the Kruger National Park. Hornbills are a sociable species, generally living in small groups. They have a very distinctive clucking call. In the bushveld you will often see two hornbills sitting together, clucking away with very entertaining wings open, back and forth rocking, head bowing display. Yellow-billed hornbills will eat insects, bird chicks, frogs, chameleons, ants, termites and the list goes on


This hornbill is found in southern Africa. This hornbill is a common, widespread resident of the dry thorn fields and broad-leafed woodlands. And are frequently spotted next to the road or at camp/picnic sites.


Some locals refer to it as the "flying banana". They were also made famous in the move "The Lion King" where they were used as the character Zazu.

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Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago


KenCheeks 8 years ago

That's one odd-looking bird. It'd be hard to misidentify it. I like those species that are so distinct that you can't mistake them for something else.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Spectacular bird! Welcome to the community, Yvette! You already have some fantastic spottings!

KarenL 8 years ago

Lovely shot!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 8 years ago

Fantastic picture Yvette!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Great capture in case of opposite light source.....
Beautiful bird...

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Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on Sep 11, 2011
Submitted on Feb 28, 2013

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