Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52296

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Coraciiformes
Family:Bucerotidae
Genus:Tockus
Genus species:Tockus erythrorhyncus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:46 cm
Identification:The red-billed hornbill has gray to brown-black plumage, lighter markings on its wings, and a bright red bill with little to no casque (horny projections).
Habitat:Tree and bush savannas
Diet:Omnivore: insects and fruit
Reproduction:Breeding occurs year-round for this bird species. Red-billed hornbills are monogamous. They build their nests in tree holes. The female is sealed in the hole with mud, leaving a space just large enough for the male to slip his beak through to feed her. Three to six eggs are incubated for three weeks. The chicks fledge 1.5 months after hatching.
Hornbills can be found in pairs or small parties. They establish a permanent territory of 25 acres.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:It takes the female five hours to chip her way through the mud to get out of the nest.

Other Information

Geographic:Western Africa
Eastern Africa
Southeastern Africa
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:perching birds
Red-billed hornbill
Hornbills
Coraciiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52296