French: Calao siffleur German: West-Schreihornvogel Spanish: Cálao silbador occidental
Other common names:
Piping Hornbill (when lumped with B. sharpii)
St Paul’s River, Liberia
Senegal E to W Nigeria (E to R Niger).
45 cm. Medium-smallish pied hornbill with white belly and rump. Male has wings black, central secondaries broadly white-tipped, white tips to outer tail; bill and casque... read more
A fast series of nasal barks “kehkehkehkeh....” at a rate of c. 8 notes per second; also a shrill... read more
Primary evergreen forest and surrounding gallery forest, farmbush, transition woodland, mangrove... read more
Food and feeding
Much less well known than formerly conspecific B. sharpii, but fruit probably equally prevalent in diet (in Ghana observed taking... read more
Little known. Probably lays aseasonally, in Jan, Mar–Apr, Jun and Oct–Dec. Nest in natural cavity 8–15 m up in tree.... read more
Generally considered sedentary; no regular fluctuations in numbers, but some movements in Liberia (... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common across wide range, and occurs in most large forest reserves, e.g. in Ghana, still reasonably common in Kakum, Kyabobo and Digya... read more
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