Red-billed Hornbill, Rotschnabeltoko, Rooibekneushoringvoel

Tockus erythrorhynchus

Scientific Name: Tockus erythrorhynchus. Common Names: Red-billed Hornbill, Rotschnabeltoko, Rooi-bek neus-horing vöel.


Distribution: Southern Africa including Namibia.

Difference in Sex:

Average Weight of Adult male:

Habitat: Savannah especially mopane woodland


Main feeding time: During day-light hours.


Breeding: Make nests in hollow tree trunks.

Number of young at birth: 2 to 3 eggs. With the strongest chick killing the weaker ones.



Diet: Insects, seeds, scorpions and bird eggs and very young birds.

Enemies: Bigger birds of prey, such as hawks and eagles

Interesting facts: Many Namibian people believe that rain comes when the hornbill's start to call early mornings.

Credits: Christian Fourie.