French: Calao à bec noir German: Grautoko Spanish: Toco piquinegro
Subspecies and Distribution
L. n. nasutus
(Linnaeus, 1766) – S Mauritania E to Eritrea and S Somalia, S to N Sierra Leone, N Cameroon, N Uganda and N Kenya; SW Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.
L. n. epirhinus
(Sundevall, 1850) – S Uganda and S Kenya S to S DRCongo, S Angola, C Namibia and N South Africa.
45–51 cm; male 172–258 g, female 163–215 g. Small, dark grey and brown hornbill, wing feathers pale-edged, with white stripe behind eye, white back, white... read more
A series of shrill piping whistles, the phrases typically shifting intermittently from high-pitched... read more
Open savanna and deciduous woodland, from margins of sub-desert and grassland to edges of dense... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, especially arboreal grasshoppers, beetles, mantids and scale insects (Coccidae); also tree-frogs, chameleons, lizards, and... read more
Lays as trees come into leaf, mainly Aug–Mar in C & S Africa; more local variation in W, NE & E Africa, so spread over most... read more
Sedentary in areas with mixed deciduous woodland and evergreen riparian trees; elsewhere, often... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common both in Africa and in Arabia, occupying wide range of habitats and capable of extensive movements in search of food. Common in... read more
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