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Pretty ugly (2)
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Southern Ground-hornbill are omnivorous birds, eating fruit, insects and small animals. They cannot swallow food caught at the tip of the beak as their tongues are too short to manipulate it, so they toss it back to the throat with a jerk of the head.Hornbills generally form monogamous pairs. The female lays up to six white eggs in existing holes or crevices, either in trees or rocks. Before incubation, the females of all Bucorvinae—sometimes assisted by the male—begin to close the entrance to the nest cavity with a wall made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. When the female is ready to lay her eggs, the entrance is just large enough for it to enter the nest, and after she has done so, the remaining opening is also all but sealed shut. There is only one narrow aperture, big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and the chicks. During the incubation period the female undergoes a complete moult. When the chicks and the female are too big to fit in the nest, the mother breaks out, then both parents feed the chicks. In some species the mother rebuilds the wall, whereas in others the chicks themselves rebuild the wall unaided.


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04/10/08 8:06 PM GMT
Very unique looking bird. Your narrative was so wonderful and very informative. Your posting of this hornbill is very well done. Good Luck in the contest. ♫ sandi
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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life.
04/10/08 8:10 PM GMT
Has a face only a mother could love. Reminds me of our buzzards/vultures. Nice photo and the information was truly interesting. Good post Susan.

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I'll meet you at the edge of the sunlight, just behind the shadows. The Ghost
04/10/08 8:16 PM GMT
Can't help it, but Tick's comment above made me really smile.
Both image and narrative are great Susan. Very good post.
Regards, Cornelius
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04/10/08 8:18 PM GMT
Lovely...pretty!..:)..wonderful capture!..good luck in the contest,Susan!
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04/10/08 9:52 PM GMT
Very nice view of the bird,it's a lovely photo.
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04/10/08 11:04 PM GMT
It is amazing what some birds and animals do to survive, so your narrative was very interesting. This is a really good capture of this intreguing bird! Well done!
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04/11/08 12:12 AM GMT
Good luck. I don't find it ugly. :)
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For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, His eternal power and Godhead;... Rom 1:20
04/11/08 3:31 AM GMT
Boy Howdy, I find it pretty ugly. Your photo is probably the best it will ever look....

Good Luck!!

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04/11/08 10:56 PM GMT
Very interesting narrative and very nice pic! Thanks for both!
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04/12/08 6:27 AM GMT
Great photo fascinating info:) Thank you!
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