Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Meet Petrie, our handsome male Abyssinian ground hornbill. Petrie spent a lot of time with zookeepers when he was a chick and because of that, and he now seems to forget he is a hornbill at times! He likes to “share” his food with us, his current keepers, like hornbills do for each other as a pair bonding exercise. He also likes to hang out with us to watch what we do. We have to be extra careful not to accidentally leave scrub brushes or hose nozzles too close to his enclosure as his long bill is especially handy for snatching shiny objects, which he then carries around like a treasure! In the wilds of
East Africa, a hornbill’s bill is
used to forage for food, flipping over rocks and sifting thru leaf litter
looking for insects and small vertebrates.
Come see Petrie fly over the giraffe exhibit in African Rift Valley at our Wings of Africa Bird Show at 1pm daily starting on Memorial Day.
Next time we will introduce you to our beautiful female Abyssinian ground hornbill who also stars in our bird show.