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Bucerotiformes

Birds of Namibia

There are 2 families in the Order Bucerotiformes. They are the Family Bucerotidae (typical hornbills) and the Family Bucorvidae (ground hornbills).

FAMILY BUCEROTIDAE
Typical hornbills are small to large birds with the instantly recognizable long, heavy, de-curved bills, often with a ridge on the upper mandible (jaw) which extends into a horny ridge. Plumages are usually black, brown, white and brown. Habitat ranges extend from forest to dry savannah. Foraging takes place in trees and on the ground in search of a varied carnivorous and fruit diet. Nests are excavated in holes in trees or in rocks. A feature of their nest building is the sealing of their nests with muddy materials by the females to close the entrance until the male is barely able to enter. Once inside the male reduces the opening to a narrow slit. There are 8 species of this family found in Namibia. They are:

FAMILY BUCORVIDAE
This family is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa and are some of the largest of all the flying birds. Plumages are usually black with white primaries. Their deep, booming voices are heard all over their habitat range of grassland and savannah, with an environment that includes rock faces and large trees. Ground hornbills, as the name suggests, spend most of their time on the ground, are mainly carnivorous and pick and dig with their large bills. Nests cavities remain open and are lined with grass and leaves. There is just the 1 species of ground hornbill found in Namibia:
Fish River Lodge Hikes

5, 3 or 2 Days - hiking trails in the Fish River Canyon. Hikers carry a day pack and additional luggage is transported to the overnight stops

Waterberg Hike

4 Days - Guided hike on the Waterberg Plateau

Mundulea Walking Trails

3 or 4 Days - Absolutely brilliant! One of the best experiences in Namibia

Tok Tokkie Hiking Trail

3 Days - Excellent guided walking trail on the NamibRand private reserve (near Sossusvlei)

Dune Star Camp

Several rustic log cabins in the Namib Desert which can only be reached via a short and informative guided hike

Namib Mountain Trail

A day hike between two lodges on the very edge of the Namib Desert

Rostock Ritz Hiking

The Rostock Ritz Lodge north of Sossusvlei (en-route to Swakopmund) has a variety of guided and un-guided hikes ranging in duration from an hour to an entire day

Tsondab Valley Scenic Reserve Hiking

A lodge on the edge of the Namib Desert which offers exceptional hiking & walking

Namibia Safaris