grey billed hornbill in JHB suburbs

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8 years 3 months ago #12312 by mossie
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I was in Gallo Manor, (between Sandton and Woodmead) visiting friends, when I head a grey headed hornbill in the garden. I went outside, and saw a pair flying around. This is definitely the closest sighting to the JHB CBD that I have seen of these birds. I have heard that they have penetrated to the far nothern suburbs, but this I think is quite unique for Joburg. I'm kind of waiting/expecting/hoping that they make themselves at home in the City, just like the go-away birds :)

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8 years 3 months ago #12313 by Dave Shedman
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We're about 15km from the CBD (on the West Rand) and haven't seen a single Hornbill yet, though we have seen a few flyovers that looked like they might be Hornbills but were always too far away for a proper ID without binocs. We'll let you know if they ever reach us! :mrgreen:

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8 years 2 months ago #12476 by mossie
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And believe it or not, the next day, (I was packing for our holiday) I heard the familiar call of the grey billed hornbill, about three houses down from where I live (Norwood area), but did not get to see it. They definitely must be around. I reckon, they could become the next Go-away birds of JHB. That is, remembering back to the fact that I only saw my first Go-Away bird in JHb (randburg) when I was about 14 years old, and it took another 5 years before I saw one in houghton, and another 4 years before they became a common thing, and another 20 years before they became a pest (they keep decimating my indigenous trees <!-- s:evil: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_evil.gif" alt=":evil:" title="Evil or Very Mad" /><!-- s:evil: --> )

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8 years 2 months ago #12478 by Dave Shedman
Dave Shedman replied the topic: Re: grey billed hornbill in JHB suburbs
We don't have any trees that the Go Away Birds can decimate, but one of the breeding pair that visit our garden is a pest because of his noise, which is why we named him Mr.Squawky Beak. Early in the morning he's fine, he'll just kwê a couple of times then come down and eat. However, as the sun comes up he begins to see his own reflection in our windows and he gets very agitated. He'll flit back and forward between the tree and the feeder stand for about 20 minutes, squawking his head off, before he finally figures out that if he lands on the roof first he can then come down to the lawn without the other Lourie (i.e. the one in the window) seeing him. It must be a male / territorial thing because the female is quiet as a mouse and only ever makes a noise when she wants him to feed her. Give me Hornbills any day!

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