Family Hornbills (Bucerotidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Little Hornbill (Horizocerus granti)


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

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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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


No known differences from H. hartlaubi.


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


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


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. (2019). 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 on 21 July 2019).