Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill – also know as Mr. Banana Beak 😊
Yellow-Billed Hornbills sometimes forage co-operatively with Dwarf Mongooses, catching food that the mongooses scratch up from the ground. In return, the hornbills alert the mongooses to danger from overhead raptors.
Today’s bird is the Crested Guinea Fowl. They live in family groups and often walk behind herds of large animals to collects food which they have left behind. These large ‘bush chickens’ play an important role in the control of ticks and other insects. This is a portrait which I took during one of my Lock Down Safaris.
Today I have launched a page to provide a bit of entertainment to children (and adults) during the Convid-19 crisis lock down in South Africa and all around the world.
I will regularly upload pictures with fun questions for the young ones. There is a special page on the site with all the answers http://www.wildlife4kids.com/answers/. Let’s hope you (and your children) will enjoy the pictures (and occasional short videos) which I will start publishing today.
Please note that this is a blog you need to follow in case you want to receive the updates (by email). They will not be posted on Social Media or WhatsApp.
European Bee-eaters breed in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. They are migratory, wintering in Africa. I took the picture of these four last week on Thanda. Soon, they will be leaving for their flight up north.