French: Calao à bec pâle German: Blassschnabeltoko Spanish: Toco piquiclaro
Hartlaub and Finsch
Subspecies and Distribution
L. p. pallidirostris
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1870) – EC, C & NE Angola and S DRCongo to E Zambia (W of Luangwa Valley).
L. p. neumanni
Reichenow, 1894 – Zambia (E from Luangwa Valley), Malawi, SE Tanzania and N Mozambique.
43–50 cm; male 248–325 g, female 170–217 g. Small hornbill, pale grey and brown above, upperparts edged buffish, with white stripe behind eye and white tip... read more
A series of high-pitched piping whistles, typically given in accelerating phrases that terminate in... read more
Extensive stands of tall, dense deciduous miombo (Brachystegia) woodland. Where range... read more
Food and feeding
Few details available. Probably mainly insectivorous, but known to eat seeds and gum from damaged pods. Forages mainly among foliage;... read more
Little known. Lays at start of rainy season, in Aug–Nov, even before many trees in leaf. Nest in natural cavity in tree, entrance... read more
None reported, but may move locally during dry season when trees drop their leaves. Race ... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common. Large areas of habitat still exist, some of it in large reserves; occurs in Mikumi National Park, in Tanzania. Many... read more
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