Birds of Namibia
Introduction: Crown hornbills (Tockus alboterminatus) favour tall, dense woodland in primary and secondary forest regions. They can also be observed in strips of riverine forest. These hornbills gather in small family groups as opposed to pairs. They are arboreal, favouring forest canopies. They 'foliage bath' after rains and roost in shelter below the tree canopy on vines or twigs out of reach of predators in open spaces.
Distribution: Eastern Caprivi Strip only.
Diet: Fruits such as figs and crops that include maize, bananas, pecan nuts and peanuts. Diet also includes termite wings, beetles, millipedes, grasshoppers, caterpillars, chameleons and lizards. Toads and large spiders are also taken and the unpleasant tasting hairs of the caterpillar are wiped before eating.
Description: Small to medium-sized hornbill with a distinctive loud, high-pitched whistling calls. Their tail feathers are white tipped hence the name alboterminatus, with is Latin for white-ended.
Breeding: Usually 3 or 4 eggs are laid between October and January with an incubation period of 25 to 27 days.
Size: 50 to 54cm. Weight: 245g.
10 Days - An excellent first time visitors tour. Includes: Africat, Etosha Park, Damaraland, Swakopmund & the dunes at Sossusvlei.
9 Days - Starting in Windhoek this is primarily a Botswana trip - visiting the Okavango Delta and ending in Vic Falls
10 days - Aimed specifically at families, this safari visits all the major sites on the country and includes a series of activities & adventures that will appeal to both children & adults
7 Days - The granddaddy of Namibian safaris - visits Fish River, Luderitz & Sossusvlei. Combine with the Northern Adventure for the 14 day Namibian Experience Safari
7 Days - The best the north has to offer: Etosha, Africat (for leopard & cheetah), Damaraland, Himba Villages, rock art and Sossusvlei