Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

The Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) is a medium-sized bird common to the savannahs of southern Africa. Locally known as “flying bananas”, the birds can often be found on the ground foraging for seeds, insects, or scorpions. Their conspicuous yellow bill is the best feature to distinguish the species from their close relatives, the African Grey Hornbill and the Redbilled Hornbill, which also occur in the region. I have photographed these beautiful birds in the Etosha National Park in northern Namibia during a trip in February 2007.

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill

15 responses to “Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas)

  1. One of my favorites. So used to seeing them around campsites in southern Africa that I sometimes forget to sketch them. And when I do sketch them, I’m reminded of their dinosaur ancestors. If these birds were the size of an ostrich, they’d be terrifying!

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