Kampala: September 13, 2015

Three terrifically loud birds frequent my neighborhood. The Hadada Ibis should be well known to any birder who has visited Sub Saharan Africa before. Several pairs are resident and at least one regularly visits our large lawn to probe around in the grass for an hour at a time. Nearly as common but much less widespread is the Eastern Grey Plantain-Eater, a grey turaco with an equally raucous call. Turacos in general are splendidly acrobatic birds, and the plantain-eaters are touchingly monogamous. Just as loud, but much less common in my area of Kampala, is the Black-and-White Casqued Hornbill. This magnificent hornbill ranges somewhat patchily across equatorial Africa and is sometimes lumped together taxonomically with the Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill. I never imagined I would see, or hear, such a stunning bird in my backyard.


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