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monteiro's hornbill

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Monteiro's hornbill (Tockus monteiri) is named after Joachim J Monteiro (1833-1878) a mining engineer who collected Angolan bird specimens from 1860-1878. Within the hornbill species, it is Monteiro's hornbill that occupy the driest of habitats, favouring stony, hilly country with watercourses, especially the Namibian escarpment. They occur in flat areas, consistent with large, scattered trees as well.

Distribution: Central and northern Namibia including Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Epupa Falls and other regions of Kaokoland, Damaraland and the Erongo Mountains.

Diet: Small ground animals, crickets, scorpions, centipedes, moths, caterpillars, wasps, beetles and grasshoppers. Other prey includes flap-necked chameleons, skinks, frogs, birds eggs and young black-tailed tree rats.

Description: Small to medium hornbills with brown, grey, or black and white plumages. Distinctive 'tocking' voice.

Breeding: Females lay between 2 and 8 eggs between October and March. Incubation period are 24 to 27 days.

Size: 50 t 58cm. Weight: 370g.

Etendeka Mountain Camp

This remote lodge is a truly unique destination. Stunning scenery, award winning conservation and highly personal service are just some of the reasons that just about everyone who knows Namibia rates this as one of it's finest destinations

Grootberg Lodge

An extremely popular and well managed lodge which is owned by the local community, Grootberg has stunning views and interesting activities including Rhino tracking & Damara village visits

Hobatere Lodge

On the far western edge of the park, just outside the Galton Gate, this is an excellent location to explore Etosha, Damaraland and the remote Kaokoland area

Huab Lodge

A small private lodge, with attentive management. Activities centre on the Huab river which attracts game and a wonderful variety of birdlife. This is the perfect destination to relax for a few days and enjoy the tranquility of the bush.

Melissa's Guest House

In the dusty village of Kamanjab, many guests stay here in order to visit the nearby Himba village

Oppi Koppi Restcamp

Just outside the town of Kamanjab lies this small restcamp

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Farm

A non-profit organisation aimed at conserving Namibia's cheetah population. The lodge offers superb photographic opportunities at scheduled cheetah feedings, and also offers guided game drives to view wild cheetah.

Palmwag Lodge

This lodge is such an institution that Palmwag, which is no more than the lodge and a petrol station, is marked on every Namibian map. An excellent location to explore the remote conservancies of north western Namibia - and perhaps encounter some of the rare rhino or desert adapted elephant which the area is famous for

Palmwag Desert Rhino Camp

A mobile camp, specialising in finding desert rhino. Offers a luxurious and exclusive experience.

Rustig Toko Lodge

On a large farm, offering visits to the nomadic Himba people.

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