Silvery-cheeked Hornbill Bycanistes brevis
Lake Awassa, Ethiopia
13 January 2014
Hornbills are stunning creatures with their outrageous bills which look like they would be impossible to manage, but they are in fact lightweight, and are used with incredible dexterity, enabling the birds to delicately pick the smallest fruit or berry from a branch. The Silvery-cheeked Hornbill is one of the largest of the arboreal hornbills and is unmistakable within its range. Its casque is far and away the largest of any species of hornbill found in Ethiopia, including the ground hornbills.