Looking For Dinner
The female southern ground-hornbill differs from the male in that there is a violet patch on the throat, rather than just pure red colouration. Juveniles are duller and browner than the adults, with brown eyes and a smaller bill, and individuals under two years of age have yellowish facial skin. As the bird ages, the facial skin becomes more mottled with red and blue spots, before finally becoming entirely red at about four years old.
The call of the southern ground hornbill is a very deep, reverberating booming sound that can carry over large distances.
Wildlife photography, artwork and graphic editing from Jason Wharam Photography.