Monteiro's Hornbill

Scientific Name:
Tockus monteiri
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Monteiro's Hornbill

Monteiro's Hornbill (Tockus monteiri) is a species of hornbill native to southwestern Africa, particularly found in Angola and Namibia.


Monteiro's Hornbills inhabit dry woodland and savanna habitats, often found in areas with scattered trees, shrubs, and thornveld. They are commonly seen in semi-arid regions, including mopane woodlands, miombo woodlands, and acacia savannas. These hornbills typically avoid dense forests and prefer open landscapes where they can forage for food and find suitable nesting sites.


Monteiro's Hornbills are medium-sized birds, measuring approximately 45 to 50 centimeters (18 to 20 inches) in length. They have a large, curved bill, a long tail, and broad wings. Their plumage is predominantly black with white spots or streaks on the wings and back, a white belly, and a white or yellowish casque on top of the bill. Males and females have similar plumage, although males may have larger casques. Best Viewing The best places to view Monteiro's Hornbills are in their native habitats within Angola and Namibia. Look for them in dry woodlands, savannas, and thornveld areas where they are commonly found perched on tree branches or flying between trees. These hornbills are often seen in pairs or small groups, foraging for food on the ground and in trees.