Going Wild: Ground hornbillUPDATED 7:45 PM HST May 30, 2014Video Transcript
Southern ground hornbills are famously long- lived birds. But a 53-year-old ground hornbill at the Honolulu Zoo is not only famous for his age, but also his camera work. KITV 4's Ashley Moser is Going Wild with a former bird star all new at 6. 19-23 52-57 boom boom nat 8:10-8:11 Like the sound of a booming bass.... boom boom nat 8:12-8:13 These ground hornbills are letting you know you are on their turf now. Susan 1:36 "IT'S MORE LIKE A TERRITORIAL CALL. THEY'LL DO THAT TO COMMUNICATE TO EACH OTHER. THAT CAN BE HEARD FOR LIKE A COUPLE MILES." 1:44 A sound that carries for miles in their native African habitat and a look like no other. These guys weigh up to 10 pounds, have feathers black as night, long eyelashes and with a pop of red around their beak. Susan 2:02 "THE MALES HAVE THAT RED SKIN PATCH WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BLUE ON THE SIDES AND THE FEMALES ACTUALLY HAVE A LARGER VIOLET PATCH UNDER THEIR CHIN." 2:11 Ashley standup 19:22 "NOW THERE ARE FOUR GROUND HORNBILLS HERE AT THE HONOLULU ZOO BUT ONE THAT REALLY STICKS OUT. THIS IS ABBY HE IS VERY ENERGETIC, THAT'S BECAUSE HE WAS A MOVIE STAR IN HIS PAST LIFE." 19:33 Susan 3:09 "ABBY WAS ACTUALLY IN PICTURES AND FROM OUR RECORDS, I THINK IT SAYS PARAMOUNT PICTURES USED TO HAVE HIM AS AN ANIMALS AS THEY USED IN THEIR PRODUCTIONS." 3:19 After his movie carrier ended in 1973 he landed at the Honolulu Zoo. Keepers believe it was during his movie days that he learned to interact with humans. Susan 2:59 "HE ALWAYS WANTS TO INTRODUCE YOU WITH SOME KIND OF FOOD OR TREAT JUST TO GET YOUR ATTENTION." 3:06 Ground hornbills are omnivores chowing down on everything from insects, to fruits and even other birds. But sadly keepers say the species is on the vulnerable list and are on its way to becoming critically endangered. Susan 1:15 "THAT CAN BE DUE TO HABITAT DESTRUCTION AND PEOPLE ACTUALLY HUNT THEM TOO." 1:23 But here at the Honolulu Zoo they're a sight to see on the ground and flying around. Ashley Moser... KITV 4 News. The ground hornbill exhibit is part of a Mabula African Hornbill conservation project. The Honolulu Zoo donates funds to help project organizers capture abandoned birds, nurse them back into health and release them back into the wild.