Family Hornbills (Bucerotidae)


Palawan Hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei)


French: Calao de Palawan German: Palawanhornvogel Spanish: Cálao de Palawan

Anthracoceros marchei


, 1885,

Palawan, Philippines


Thought to form a species-group with A. coronatus and A. albirostris. Monotypic.


Calamian Is (Busuanga, Calawit and Culion), Palawan and Balabac I, in W Philippines.

Descriptive notes

55 cm; male 580–920 g. Medium-sized hornbill with all-black plumage, apart from white tail. Male has pale ivory-­yellow casque and bill, with black base to lower... read more


A series of soft cackling “kiew” notes, similar to A. albirostris. Also a raucous “caaaww... read more


Inhabits primary and secondary ­evergreen forest; also enters mangrove swamps and sometimes... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruit, but insects and lizards also recorded in diet. Forages at any level, from canopy to ground, usually in small groups; groups... read more


Virtually nothing known. Male in breeding condition in Apr; one nest was photographed c. 20 m up in large tree, the entrance sealed and... read more


Probably sedentary in restricted island habitats.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Palawan EBA. Fragmented range, on no more than five islands, the three smallest of which are now largely cleared of... read more

Recommended citation

Kemp, A.C. & Boesman, P. (2019). Palawan Hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei). 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 22 November 2019).