French: Bucorve d’Abyssinie German: Sudanhornrabe Spanish: Cálao terrestre norteño
Other common names:
S Mauritania, Senegal and Guinea E to Eritrea, Ethiopia, NW Somalia, NW Kenya and Uganda.
90–100 cm; male 4000 g. Very large hornbill with high casque, and yellow to orange patch at base of upper mandible; all black with white primaries. Male has bare... read more
A series of low-pitched hoots “ooh...uh-uh-uh”. Similar to B. leadbeateri, but booming... read more
Inhabits savanna and sub-desert scrub, with variable grass cover, including rocky and hilly areas;... read more
Food and feeding
Eats wide variety of small vertebrates and invertebrates, including tortoises, lizards, spiders, beetles and caterpillars; also takes... read more
Little known in wild. Lays mainly in Jun–Aug in W Africa, from as early as Jan in Nigeria and Uganda, or as late as Nov in Kenya;... read more
Adults apparently sedentary, but known to wander S in Kenya, then overlapping with B.... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common but sparse, with estimated home range of 260 km2, and more local in W Africa. Occurs in many reserves and at least 8 national... read more
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