Tag Archives: Southern ground-hornbills

Update on southern ground hornbills, Gumpie and Skewy

Share this article… In our last update about our ground hornbill couple, Gumpie and Skewy, the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project researchers were at the centre to conduct research on the effects of hormones on throat coloration, and in particularly the cause of blue throat coloration in males. Click here to read about it. While busy with this they discovered that Skewy had laid an egg, and on closer inspection found…
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The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project researchers visit HESC; and our southern ground hornbill, Skewy, lays her first egg

Share this article… Researchers from the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project recently visited us to conduct research on the effects of hormones on throat coloration, and in particularly the cause of blue throat coloration in males. The study required fecal samples (on three consecutive days) from as many southern ground hornbills as possible. This is an entirely non-invasive procedure and simply involves observing the birds from outside the enclosure until they…
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No bird brains over here!

Share this article…    Picture taken by Lusinda Oosthuizen When our two Southern ground-hornbills were still juveniles, a pair of wild hornbills adopted them and took it upon themselves to ensure that the youngsters were properly fed. They would arrive each day with tasty morsels, which they would then feed the young birds through the fence. Now that our birds are adults the wild hornbills still visit regularly, but they’ve…
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