French: Calao à huppe blanche German: Weißkopf-Hornvogel Spanish: Cálao crestiblanco occidental
Other common names: Long-tailed Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill (when lumped with H. cassini)
St Paul’s River, Liberia.
Hitherto considered conspecific with H. cassini. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
H. a. albocristatus
(Cassin, 1848) – S Sierra Leone, S Guinea, Liberia and W Ivory Coast.
H. a. macrourus
(Bonaparte, 1850) – E Ivory Coast to Benin.
70–80 cm; male 279–315 g, female 276–288 g. Elongate, black hornbill with bushy white crest, and very long, graduated tail with white tip; this and H.... read more
Vocalizations not commonly heard, but possess distinctive hollow quality: a series of crowing notes... read more
Dense tangles within stands of primary forest, but extends to tall gallery and secondary forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Presumably very similar to H. cassini, e.g. in Liberia has been observed following groups of monkeys and joining mixed-species... read more
Little known. Lays aseasonally, in Jan–Feb, Apr and Aug–Nov in W Africa. Territorial in pairs, territory preferably shared with... read more
Probably sedentary and territorial in most areas.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and locally common, but patchily distributed; generally absent from Dahomey Gap, though present in suitable areas of forest, e.g. locally... read more
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