Wild Birds

Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill

The Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Bycanistes subcylindricus, is also known as the Grey-cheeked Hornbill.


It is a large, approximately 70 cm long, black and white hornbill. It has an oversized blackish bill with a large casque on top.

The female is slightly smaller than the male.

Distribution / Range

The Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill is distributed to evergreen forests and savanna across equatorial Africa, in central and western Africa.

Widespread and still common throughout its large habitat range, the Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Nesting / Breeding

A monogamous species, pairs nest in suitable tree cavities. The female usually lays up to two eggs.

Diet / Feeding

The diet consists mainly of figs, fruits, insects, and small animals found in the trees.



  • BirdLife International (2004). Bycanistes subcylindricus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 2006. Retrieved on 24 November 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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