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Southern-yellow-billed-hornbill

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: A dry, open Acacia savannah and stands of low bushveld are the most common habitats for the yellow-billed hornbill (Tockus leucomelas). These birds are usually seen in pairs or small family groups, running around on the ground, hopping into low bushes and small trees with a raised tail. Roosting against tree trunks, early morning basking, preening and later afternoon dust-bathing are features of this hornbill.

Distribution: North and central Namibia including Etosha National Park, Windhoek, Erongo Mountains, Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, Caprivi extending east to Victoria Falls. Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve and Makgadikgadi National Park.

Diet: Red-billed quelea nestlings, rodents, snakes, birds' eggs, ants and termites, chameleons, crickets, beetles, centipedes and scorpions. Fruit and seeds are also included in their diet.

Description: Predominately white and black coloured plumage (leacomelas is white and black in Latin) with a grey head and neck and characteristic yellow bill. Often confused with red-billed and Damara hornbills with similar calls and plumage.

Breeding: 3 or 4 eggs are laid between September and March. Incubation periods are 24 days. Chicks are sometimes preyed on by chacma baboon and rock monitors.

Size: 40 to 60cm. Weight: 210g.

Ai-Aiba Lodge

Nestled in a conservation area in the majestic Erongo Mountains this property contains a wide selection of rock art. Activities here center around rock art and various guided walking trails serve as a good introduction to Namibian rock art

Epako Game Farm

A luxury lodge offering top notch rooms & facilities. Guided game drives and bush walks allow guests to thoroughly explore the area.

Erongo Wilderness Lodge

One of our favourite lodges in Namibia - excellent accommodation, food and guided walks in beautiful surroundings make for an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

Etusis Lodge

A variety of activities are on offer at this lodge near Karibib. Accommodation ranges from camping and self-catering options to private bungalows

Hohenstein Lodge

Situated at the foot of the Hohenstein mountain, this lodge offers many hiking and climbing opportunities. It is also well situated to visit the Spitzkoppe Mountain

Kashana Lodge

A charming lodge in the town of Omaruru. With all the facilities you may require including a popular restaurant & bar

Klein Eden Guest Farm

Around 30km east of Omaruru this pretty little guest farms offers self catering units in a tranquil and pleasant environment

Namibia Tours