Welcome to the 22nd edition of Shakati’s Bush Facts. In this edition we will be focusing on the African Grey Hornbill. Its distinctive call makes the bush seems alive with sound, and thus makes it one of the most sought after birds at Shakati Private Game Reserve. The African Grey Hornbill is a very frequent visitor to Shakati.
You can usually hear the African Grey Hornbill by its piping pee-o pee-o pee-o call.
Continue reading BUSH FACTS #22 – AFRICAN GREY HORNBILL
|African Grey Hornbill
|Size: 45 cm
Weight: 160 – 250 grams
Lifespan: 20 years
Colour: Curved bill (Male blacker bill, and female a bit of red in the bill). Overall Grey plumages, with head, shoulders and tail a darker shade of grey. A white line on both sides of his head which are clearly visible when the Grey Hornbill is in flight.
|Animals (Frogs, small rodents)
Insects and Arachnids
|Nest in natural hole in tree, where the female seals the nest from inside, leaving only a small feeding hole. She then lays the egg and the male feeds her during 19-34 days. Thereafter the female breaks free once the 3-4 chicks have a sufficient chance on survival
Information Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_grey_hornbill
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Article and Photographs by Johan Fourie