Birds by Name – H

Hawk

Harris’s Hawk

Bird of Prey

Bird of Prey

Heron

Black Heron

Black Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-headed Heron

Black-headed Heron

Green-backed Heron

Green-backed Heron

Green-backed Heron

Grey Heron

The Grey Heron, Ardea Cinerea, is a familiar sight along the edges of lakes and rivers, patiently waiting motionless or moving very slowly in search of fish which it catches with a very fast stabbing motion. It also eats other food like frogs and sometimes even snatches tiny ducklings.

Grey Heron

It is easily recognised in flight by its long trailing legs. It is a large bird, standing up to 100 centimetres tall, has a wingspan of between 155 and 195 centimetres and can weigh between 1.02 and 2.08 kilos. The Grey Heron’s plumage varies with age and season and only the adults have the distinctive black cap.

Heron, South Lake

Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Ardeidae
Genus: Ardea
Species: A. cinerea

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

Hobby

Hobby

Hobby

Hoopoe

Hoopoe, Nerja

Hoopoe, Nerja

Hornbill

African Pied Hornbill

African Pied Hornbill

African Pied Hornbill

Grey Hornbill

The African Grey Hornbill, Tockus nasutus, is a common resident breeder in much of sub-Saharan Africa and into Arabia. It grows up to about 45 centimetres in length.

African Grey Hornbill, Tockus nasutus

The female lays two to four white eggs in a hole in a tree and, similar to the Red-billed Hornbill, the entrance is blocked off until only a small hole remains, just large enough for the male of the species to pass food through.

When the chicks get bigger, the female breaks out of the nest and then blocks the entrance once more, chicks inside, and both parents provide food to their brood.

The Grey Hornbill is omnivorous.

African Grey Hornbill, Tockus nasutus

Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Genus: Tockus
Species: T. nasutus

Red-billed Hornbill

The Red-billed Hornbill, Tockus erythrorhynchus. grows to about 42 centimetres in length, is basically black and white with the conspicuous huge red bill.

Red-billed Hornbill, Tockus kempi

The female (naturally) lays three to six white eggs in a hole in a tree and then during incubation the entrance is blocked off until only a small hole remains, just large enough for the male of the species to pass food through.

When the chicks get bigger, the female breaks out of the nest and then blocks the entrance once more, chicks inside, and both parents provide food to their brood.

Red-billed Hornbill, Tockus kempi

Red-billed Hornbill, Tockus kempi

Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Subfamily: Bucerotinae
Genus: Tockus

Southern Ground Hornbill

Southern Ground Hornbill

Southern Ground Hornbill