Bradfield's Horn-bill - Beak Brilliance
A Bradfield's Horn-bill with a large wasp in its beak. These guys are much bigger (and much more aggressive) than the other horn-bill species in Namibia. One can clearly see the serrated "teeth" in his beak. It does not occur in great numbers, and are family bound (one normally only finds a female, male and youngster together as a unit).
They are so aggressive, that they regularly fly into windows of a house ... trying to "attack" the reflective "invasive" horn-bill they see on the mirrored glass.
The Bradfield's hornbill is an African hornbill. It is a medium-sized bird, 50–57 centimetres in length, characterized by black back and wings and a white belly. The tip feathers of the long tail are white. Females are smaller than males and can be recognized by turquoise facial skin. The eyes are yellow and the beak is red. The beak is long and presents no casque.
This is an uncommon resident of the mopane woodlands and mixed thorn fields of northeastern Namibia , northern Botswana,.. more