French: Calao de Hemprich German: Hemprichtoko Spanish: Toco abisinio
Buceros (Lophoceros) Hemprichii
Ethiopia (except W & SE), Eritrea, Djibouti and N Somalia to SE South Sudan, NE Uganda and N & NW Kenya.
50–58 cm; one female 297g. Small, dark brown hornbill with white belly and white third and fourth tail feathers, feathers of upperparts edged and tipped creamy. Male... read more
A long rhythmic series of piping whistles, typically accelerating and ending in 2–3 lower-pitched... read more
Occupies wooded watercourses in hilly areas and along gorges, at up to 4300 m in Ethiopian... read more
Food and feeding
Eats mainly insects, but also lizards and chameleons, and some fruits, figs and berries. Forages by moving in buoyant flight from tree to... read more
Little known. Lays mainly in Mar–May, also in Aug–Oct and Jan in Ethiopia. Territorial display ends with unique fanning of tail... read more
Apparently resident over most of range; in peripheral areas of Eritrea, Somalia and Kenya, however... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common in Ethiopia, but local and often uncommon elsewhere. Favoured habitat often remote and inaccessible, which reduces extent of... read more
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