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Damara Hornbill | Tockus damarensis

The Damara Hornbill is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Bucerotidae bird family group which includes birds such as Typical hornbills.

The description for the Damara Hornbill (Latin name Tockus damarensis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Tockus damarensis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 151. You will find a picture of the Damara Hornbill on page 160.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Damara Hornbill between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Damara Hornbill has a height of 50 cms and weighs around 210 gms. The head is coloured white, black while the bill is coloured black. The Tockus damarensis has a white coloured throat, grey legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is white, black

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are grey

Throat is white

Back is black

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Damara Hornbill is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 3 to 8 eggs and they are coloured white.

The Damara Hornbill is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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