The Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator) is a medium-sized hornbill, with length between 58 and 65 cm (23 and 26 in), characterized by a large grey casque on the bill, smaller in females. The eyes are brown or red, with pink surrounding skin. Body mass is reported between 0.45 and 1 kg (0.99 and 2.2 lb.).
The Trumpeter Hornbill is a gregarious bird, usually living in groups of 2 to 5 individuals, although sometimes as many as 50. This hornbill is a locally common resident of the tropical evergreen forests of Burundi, Mozambique, Botswana, Congo, Kenya, the Caprivi strip of Namibia and eastern South Africa, where it feeds on fruits and large insects. Like other hornbills, the females incubate 4 to 5 white eggs, while sealed in the nest compartment.
I capture these Photos in Southbroom on the Natal South Coast of South Africa…..
Wow how fabulous and presented en masse makes it even better!
They are so mobile and on the go one struggles to focus on just one.. I have so many photos focus on one that will fly just as I take the shot… so much easier to take of the bunch…
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Super shots of the trees again. Those darn birds sure do ham it up for the camera!!!!
I do love seeing wildlife from around the world…glad you share!
They are a noisy bunch… funny how every one is noticing the tree and I only lived there for a couple of years and never saw the potential… makes one think..thanks for the compliment
Way cool! Thanks for sharing
I agree thanks
Spectacular photos. Your lighting is superb!
Thank you… appreciate the compliment…
Such interesting trees! The birds are pretty animated looking too ~ excellent images – they do look gregarious! xo RL
thank you.. funny never looked at the tree in that way yet so many others have … shows what my eye misses…
Lovely birds, but even more awesome is the tree!!!
Do you like the tree… it is such a messy tree when not in flower and leafed… but a true beauty when flowering….
Oh yes, it’s wonderful. Crooked, gnarly trees like that have such character, and I love photographing them!
what tree is that? lovely photos..wish you a peaceful weekend
It is the Coral tree as called in South Africa and the Flame tree as called in Australia…
Lovely photos again. They do look like very chatty birds. I can’t imagine 50 of them going at it all at once. 🙂
They do too… really noisy these came and sat in our back yard nearly every day..
WOW! another beautiful set… Noisy birds 🙂 like crows around my home now! You captured them so nicely dear Rob, Thank you, have a nice weekend, love, nia
Thanks Nia and you have a good weekend too…
POP them into Hitchcock’s The Birds and you might up with with more than a little problem!
Specially when they fly around in such noisy groups… put on your hard hats chaps…
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You have some seriously cool birdlife!
Thank you… noisy birds.. you know when they’re around …