The Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill (Bycanistes subcylindricus) also known as the Grey-cheeked Hornbill, is a large—approximately 70 cm (28 in) long—black and white hornbill. It has an oversized blackish bill with a large casque on top. The female is slightly smaller than the male and has a significantly smaller casque.
Although their range covers a large part of Africa it is very spread out so you have to be lucky to see one but they are well worth it, they are such cool looking birds! I saw this one in the Entebbe Botanical Gardens in Uganda.
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Following on from my review of the restcamp, I thought the birds deserved their own post as there were so many! Just get up at first light and wander around, you will probably see these birds as they were found all over the camp. I started in the circle where our hut was, then followed my ears as more birds made their presence known.
Cape Glossy Starling
The African Hoopoe was one of my favourites, I loved watching him manipulate his crest!
I got lucky with a Hail Mary shot of a bird flying overhead, it was a Brown-headed Parrot!
A gorgeous Crested Barbet
Going by the photo in the Sasol book, I think this one is a Greater Blue-eared Starling.
Grey Go-Away Bird
Here you can see our car and our cabin and how close it is to the bush.
Cape Buffalo just outside the camp
I know I missed some, if anyone can help me out, please comment!
The Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis) is a hornbill and a widespread and common endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka. Hornbills are a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World.
The Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill is a gregarious bird found in forest habitats. It feeds mostly on figs, although occasionally it eats small rodents, reptiles and insects.
They are widespread througout Sri Lanka. I had no trouble spotting them in Kithulgala & Sinharaja. An award to Central Asia can get you to Colombo, then take a taxi or the bus to Kithulgala or Sinharaja.
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Ceylon Bird Club