French: Calao à joues argent German: Silberwangen-Hornvogel Spanish: Cálao cariplateado
Bycanistes cristatus brevis
Usambara Mountains, Tanzania
Ethiopian Highlands, SE South Sudan and C Kenya S to E & S Tanzania, N & S Malawi, C Mozambique and SE Zimbabwe; status uncertain in Eritrea.
60–70 cm; male 1265–1400 g, female 1050–1450 g. Medium-sized to large black hornbill with noticeable silvery-grey feathering on face; white back, rump and... read more
A series of loud, nasal barks “aanh...aanh...aanh...aanh...”. Also more growling or braying calls.... read more
Inhabits montane and coastal evergreen forest, extending to gallery, riverine and tall deciduous... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fruit, from at least 26 plant genera, especially cherry-sized drupes and figs; some small animals, mainly insects, but also spiders... read more
Lays in Feb–Jul in Ethiopia, in Oct–Nov in Kenya, and in Aug–Nov in Tanzania and farther S. Monogamous in pairs. Nest in... read more
Makes long flights in search of fruiting trees, including from communal roosts of up to 200 birds,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, but with patchy distribution, and erratic occurrence in marginal habitats and during droughts. Locally vulnerable to deforestation,... read more
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