Running along the ground, yellow-biled hornbills (Tockus flavirostris) pick up insects and fruit with the tip of their bills. Yellow-billed hornbills have a cooperative partnership with dwarf mongooses. Hornbills feed on insects flushed by the mongooses and, in return, the hornbills keep an eye out for raptors and warn the mongooses with an alarm call if any come near.


  • Where to see them: Northeastern Africa
  • Length: Up to 1.3 ft
  • Weight: 6 to 10 oz
  • Habitat: Forest, savannah, and shrubland
  • Diet: Insects, fruit
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