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The Silvery-cheeked Hornbill (Bycanistes brevis) is a large bird at 75 to 80 centimetres (30 to 31 in) in length with a very large creamy casque on the beak. The female has a smaller casque and reddish skin around the eyes. The head is silver-grey and the rest of the plumage is iridescent black, except for the white rump, lower back, thighs, vent and tip of the outer tail-feathers. Silvery-cheeked Hornbills are residents of the tall evergreen forests of East Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa. This hornbill feeds on fruits, insects, small birds, rodents, small reptiles and centipedes.
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill (Bycanistes brevis), Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm at 300 mm, 1/250 sec at f/ 8, ISO 400
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