Wild Birds

Crowned Hornbills

Crowned Hornbills

The Crowned Hornbills, Tockus alboterminatus, is an African hornbill.

Crowned Hornbills Perched On A Branch
Crowned Hornbills Perched On A Branch

Distribution / Range

The Crowned Hornbill is a common resident of the coastal and riverine forests of southern (only the eastern coast) to northeastern Africa.

In the dry season, this hornbill species can be seen in flocks.


This medium-sized bird measures between 50 and 54 cm in length.

It has a white belly and black back and wings. The tips of the long tail feathers are white. The eyes are yellow. The bill is red with a stocky casque (a large display growth on the upper mandible of the bill). In females, this casque is smaller.

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A Pair Of Crowned Hornbills
A Pair Of Crowned Hornbills


Similar Species

The Crowned Hornbill can be distinguished from the similar Bradfield’s Hornbill by its shorter beak.

Diet / Feeding

It feeds on insects (often caught in flight), small rodents and reptiles, seeds, and fruits.

Breeding / Nesting

The average clutch consists of 4 – 5 white eggs. The eggs are incubated for 25 to 30 days. Both parents raise the chicks and leave the nest at about 8 weeks old.

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