French: Calao pygmée German: Zwergtoko Spanish: Toco pardo
Other common names:
Dwarf Red-billed Hornbill
Cape Lopez, Gabon
S Sierra Leone and S Guinea E to SW South Sudan and W Uganda, S to NW Angola (Cabinda) and S DRCongo.
30 cm; male 101–122 g, female 84–115 g. Smallest hornbill, with distinctive chestnut colour, white-spotted wing-coverts, white edges to flight-feathers, white... read more
A series of 12–16 plaintive, mellow whistles, given at rate of c. 2 whistles per second, slightly... read more
Dense understorey of primary, secondary and gallery forest, including around swamps, forest margins... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, mainly small ants, wasps and mantids, also larger grasshoppers; lizards also recorded; only rarely fruit. Forages in groups of up... read more
Little known. Lays in Feb–Sept and Nov–Dec in W Africa, in Oct–Dec in C Africa. In groups of up to 12 birds that often... read more
Probably sedentary and territorial throughout year.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and commonly heard; one group in forest patch of c. 20 ha in Gabon; elsewhere, about every 800 m along 32 km of riverine forest. Easily... read more
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