Grey Hornbill – Tockus nasutus
Hornbills – what more can I say? They are all entertaining and have so much character. From Zazu in The Lion King to the one that frequents Okaukuejo Waterhole in Etosha. Once you see one, you are unlikely to forget it. They just have it all.
The Grey Hornbill, as the name suggests, is a bit duller in colour than his mates. But that doesn’t mean they lack in character.
Weighing in at 155 grams and having a total length of approx. 46cm, they also form part of the smaller hornbills. With their funeral colours they are unlikely to be confused with any of the other hornbills. (Maybe that is too their advantage?)
They are locally (Namibian) common and can be found in any sort of woodland – Mopane & Acacia woodland here in Namibia. They feed on insects, small animals and seeds.
Unlike their more colourful friends, they have a high-pitched call not easily associated with hornbills.
Like other hornbills, they female seals herself in a natural tree cavity or rock crevice when it comes to breeding time.
Source: Robert’s Bird Guide, 2007
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