Family Hornbills (Bucerotidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Little Hornbill (Horizocerus granti)


Taxonomy

French: Calao de Grant German: Kongotoko Spanish: Toco negro oriental
Taxonomy:

Lophoceros granti

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1895,

Aruwimi River DRCongo

.

Hitherto considered conspecific with H. hartlaubi, but differs in its more prominent casque, half not quarter the length of the bill, markedly higher, with shallow but distinct frontal peak (3); red vs black top of bill and casque (2); spotted vs all grey-black wings (2); less prominent white tips on tail (both sexes) (1). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

EC Congo and DRCongo E to SW South Sudan and W Uganda, and S to NW Angola (Cabinda).

Descriptive notes

32 cm; male 102–135 g, female 88–99 g. Small, mainly black hornbill with broad white eyestripe, narrow white tip to tail and white tips to wing-coverts and inner secondaries... read more

Voice

No known differences from H. hartlaubi.

Habitat

Higher subcanopy areas of tall evergreen, semi-evergreen and gallery forest, only rarely in... read more

Food and feeding

Fewer data available than for (formerly conspecific) H. hartlaubi, and no known differences in diet or foraging behaviour from... read more

Breeding

Even fewer available data than for H. hartlaubi. Male in breeding condition in Jul in Uganda and nests during second half of year... read more

Movements

Probably sedentary and territorial throughout year.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Secretive and relatively quiet, but probably locally common. Range must have declined, at least locally, due to deforestation. Very scarce in extreme... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Eastern Little Hornbill (Horizocerus granti). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/467367 on 18 November 2018).