Image: GrrlScientist, 2 September 2008 [larger view].
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
Rick Wright, Managing Director of WINGS Birding Tours Worldwide, writes:
What a crazy-looking bird this one is! With that huge bill and long tail, it can only be a hornbill, a group of Old World tropical birds related, if not terribly closely, to the kingfishers. There are about sixty species; many species of hornbill are known for the immurement of the incubating and brooding females. The red bill and starkly black-and-white plumage point us towards the genus Tockus (what a fine name!); the plain wing coverts rule out Red-billed and Jackson’s Hornbills, leaving us with Von der Decken’s Hornbill, a widespread and common species of southern Africa (and well represented in zoos, where this individual was photographed).
Von der Decken, by the way, is best known not for his hornbill but for his abortive ascents of Kilimanjaro in the 1860s — rumored to be the first such attempts ever by a European.
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