Tuesday, September 04, 2012

"Yellow Hornbill" oil 11 x 14

The yellow hornbill has got to be one of my favourite wild birds. It always raised a smile whenever we spotted it in the wilder parts of South Africa, Kruger National Park and the likes.

There are several types of hornbills, mostly they like holes in trees, for instance the female Grey Hornbill plasters herself in, leaving only a small opening. She has a complete moult while inside, and when her chicks are 3 to 4 weeks old, she breaks out to help feed them (mainly fruit, small reptiles and insects). The chicks repair the hole and keep the nest clean.

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