southern ground hornbill
Birds of Namibia
Introduction: The southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) is named after Benjamin Leadbeater (1760-1837) an eminent dealer in natural history material in London. Bucorvus is the Latin word for large, huge or great raven. Their habitat range includes grassland, savannah and woodland. Rated as vulnerable in southern Africa.
Diet: Termite wings, dung beetles, grasshoppers, frogs and toads, snakes, lizards, snails, chameleons, turtles and tortoises. Mongooses, squirrels, birds and red-billed quelea nestlings are also taken.
Description: Largest of all hornbills, predominately black in colour less for wing, throat and neck markings. Yellow eyes, black and dark grey legs and feet.
Breeding: Lays only 1 or 2 eggs between August and January with an incubation period of 37 to 43 days.
Size: 90 to 130cm. Weight: 4.2kg.
3 or 4 Days - The dune hopper concept offers scheduled flights from Windhoek or Swakopmund - with overnight stays of varying lengths at several lodges in the NamibRand Private Reserve and around Sossusvlei
4 Days - A not to be missed fly-in Safari to one of the most remote areas on earth. This is an exceptional safari with highly qualified and knowledgeable guides & can safely be described as one of the best safari experiences in Namibia.
4 Days - The same as the Skeleton Coast Fly-In Safari (above) but with the addition of a a visit to Sossusvlei
5 Days - The fourth and final Skeleton Coast Safari gives the opportunity for game viewing in Etosha
6 Days - The third is the series of Skeleton Coast Safaris this time with the addition of the small harbour town of Luderitz
7 Days - A typical flight around Namibia, this is highly customisable and the itinerary, lodges & even the number of days can be amended to suit your individual requirements