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Ethiopia Expedition Reviews

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“I never once in my life dreamed of going to Ethiopia. A cancelled trip and a timely email changed that at the last minute, and it turned out to be one of the best trips of my life. New Paths Expeditions showed us the many faces of this country: the vibrant city of Addis Ababa, the ancient relics of Axum, the incredible carved churches of Lalibela, the Blue Nile Falls and Lake Tana, the Gelada baboons, and the colorful tribes of the south, with their lip and ear plates. The scenery was beautiful, the food was delicious, and even I, a non-birder, enjoyed the beautiful and unique birds we spotted every day. We did not just visit the carved churches; we observed the church ceremonies for the Feast Day of St. Mary, complete with drums, colorful umbrellas, and ululating parishioners. We did not drive past a group of Gelada Baboons; we sat in their midst. We had experts in architecture and painting to instruct us and we talked to and learned from the ordinary Ethiopians every day. We shopped in local markets, even tracking down a tiny shop that sold the embroidered trim we had all been coveting. In this fascinating and diverse country, New Paths Expeditions brought us to real people and allowed us to make connections that we will never forget.”

 

Leslie Murphey
Seabrook, TX

 

“This Ethiopian trip includes all important areas and cultures, sights of historical significance with opportunities which defy description. The archeological sites are remarkable and not in your Art History class. Reading Ethiopia’s history through today is remarkable and not covered in your history classes. The guide was excellent. The people are wonderful, beautiful, happy to see tourists. Having looked at some other options for travel in Ethiopia, Jorge’s program includes every place of interest with nice accommodations and a minimum of unimproved road travel making good use of our sightseeing time. What an education and escape!”

 

Jean Krynicki
Kirkland, WA

 

“The NPE Ethiopian expedition was one of the best trips we have taken. Ethiopia is so diverse in its regions and we pretty much covered all of them with NPE. The most exciting part of the trip is that each and every day was a new experience, and we were anxious to see what the next days would bring. The countryside changed the people and the architectural sites. Traveling over land, we were able to see a lot of the land. The accommodations were better than we expected! And of course, the southern trip to see various tribes was outstanding. At first, we were skeptical about making the journey, but now we classify it as one of our best experiences!”

 

J & D Kehl
Louisville, CO

 

“Ethiopia is truly an enchanted country with warm friendly people. The diversity of cultures is amazing. New Paths Expeditions did a wonderful job of making sure our experiences were the best possible. From the north of the country to the southern part of the country the trip is awe inspiring. The best!”

 

Charlene Price
La Jolla, CA

Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill

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Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill also nicknamed “flying banana” because of its beak Physical

Eastern yellow-billed hornbills have black wings with white spotted wing-coverts. They have a black tail and large yellow beak with slight casque. They have black, bare skin around the eye and males have a pink skinned throat. They grow up to 16-18” in length and weigh up 6 to 10 ounces. Its diet is mainly based on seeds, small insects, spiders, scorpions, termites and ants

Habitat & Range: North-eastern Africa, they live in dry thorn fields, broad-leafed woodlands, forests, savannahs, and shrublands

Life Span: various sources estimate from 20-40 years in the wild, 50 in captivity.

Perils in the wild: Crowned eagles, leopards, chimpanzees, humans, habitat destruction

Physical Adaptations:

– Strong beak to crack seeds, and find insects

– Hornbills have huge, two-tiered beaks that cause the birds to appear top-heavy. The bill is long forming dexterous forceps. The cutting edges are serrated for breaking up food.

– The hornbill is one of the few birds that have eyelashes to shield them from sun, dust, and debris. Their eyelashes are modified feathers.

– Stocky body has air sacs under the skin over the back and shoulder area which may cushion the female from injury in her cramped nest

– The tail is utilized as a rudder in flight. It also serves as a prop, bracing the male while he clings to the nest-hole entrance.

– Strong feet provide a secure grip, particularly for the male as he perches to feed his mate through the slit in the nest hole.

– Only bird group (hornbills) in which the first two neck vertebrae are fused to support the skull