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Red-billed hornbill

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Red-billed hornbills (Tockus erythrorhynchus) are territorial birds, usually seen in pairs or small family groups. They spend much time running around on the ground and are dust and sunbathers. These hornbills roost in trees close to the trunk or a large branch. Predators include Martial, Tawny and Wahlberg's eagles and Lanner Falcon.

Distribution: North-eastern Namibia including Etosha National Park, Caprivi and the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Diet: Small insects such as beetles, termites and ants. Grasshoppers, centipedes and scorpions are taken in summer.

Description: Small to large hornbill with slightly longer de-curved red bills and typical Bucerotidae plumage, akin to both males and females. Often confused with the southern yellow-billed hornbill which has similar plumage and calls but has a broader yellow bill (not red).

Breeding: Between 3 and 5 eggs are laid after the initial good rains around from September to March. Incubation period is 23 to 25 days. Nest damage caused by elephants is a major cause of chick starvation.

Size: 35 to 45cm. Weight: 150g.

Fish River Horse Riding

6 Days - A horse riding trail along the famous Fish River Canyon

Desert Horse Ride

6 Days - Riding through the beautiful environment of the Namib Desert around Aus. Includes a visiting the Wild Horses of the Namib Desert

Horse Riding | Windhoek

A wide variety of horse riding options including: Champagne Breakfast Rides, Sundowner Rides, Rides by the hour & even multiple day outings

Lodges offering riding

Bullsport Guest Farm - Naukluft Riding Experience

Bullsport is one of the premier lodges for both hiking and riding in Namibia. Both take place in the rugged, and scenic Naukluft Mountains. A variety of rides, from a few hours to several days, and expert supervision means the rides here are suitable for everyone from novice to experienced riders.

Desert Homestead Horse Trails

 Offers a wide range of guided riding within the Naukluft Mountains. With sunrise or sunset rides of one to two hours, or horse-trails for up to five nights, it is suitable for all experience levels.

Etusis Lodge - riding courses

Offers horse riding courses for beginners or experienced riders who want to brush up on their skills as well as day rides on the property

Immanuel Wilderness Lodge

A two hour guided horse back safari leads along a dry river with the opportunity to view game species sheltering or feeding in the bush

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Riding lessons, short out-rides and longer trails are all on offer here

Namibia Tours