Herring Gull

The Herring Gull, Larus argentatus, is a large, squawking gull found on coasts and inland around rubbish tips, fields, large reservoirs and lakes. It grows up to a length of around 66 cm.

Herring Gull

Adults have light grey backs, white under parts, and black wing tips with distinctive white ‘mirrors’. Their legs are pink, with webbed feet and they have slightly hooked bills marked with a red spot.

Juveniles are a mottled brown. Herring Gulls are scavengers and will eat almost anything and everything.

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larus
Species: L. argentatus

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.

Grey Hornbill

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.

Grey Hornbill

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.

Western Red-billed Hornbill

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.

Western Red-billed Hornbill

Western Red-billed Hornbill

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