Yellow-billed hornbills feed mainly on the ground, where they forage for seeds, small insects, spiders and scorpions. This hornbill species is a common and widespread resident of dry thornveld and broad-leafed woodlands. They can often be seen along roads and watercourses. It is a medium-sized bird and is characterized by a long yellow and down-curved beak. This beak is huge in comparison to its body. They have a white belly, grey neck, and black plumage with abundant white spots and stripes. The neck has grey spots and the chest is lightly striated with black.