French: Calao de Ceylan German: Ceylontoko Spanish: Cálao gris cingalés
Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Close to O. griseus (which see), and often treated as conspecific. Monotypic.
45 cm; male 238 g. Small grey hornbill with thin pale streaks on head, white tips to primaries and white outer tail; circular nostrils. Male has creamy bill with dusky base;... read more
A series of trogon-like clucks, gradually accelerating and bursting into a rather hoarse ‘laughter... read more
Evergreen forest and deciduous woodland, especially areas with dense creepers; also found in... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fruit, especially small figs, but also variety of wild and cultivated species; also insects, frogs, lizards, scorpions. Forages... read more
Little known. Lays in Mar–Jul, peak May, but sometimes lays as late as Oct. Nest in natural cavity 2–21 m up in tree, or in old... read more
Seasonal post-breeding movement in Sept–Oct, from lowland forest into hills for non-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. Common resident in moister lowland forest, more local elsewhere. Occurs in several small reserves... read more
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