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Crowned Hornbill

Afrikaans name: Gekroonde Neushoringvoël

A Crowned Hornbill about to take off in Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve

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Tockus alboterminatus

The Crowned Hornbill is medium-sized, as hornbills, go. It has a white belly, blackish back and red bill. It has a excited twittering call.

Males and females are similar in colour but males have a larger casque on their bills.

The Crowned Hornbill is normally found in areas with big trees such as riverine and coastal forest. Often their call is the first thing that indicates their presence. Normally they will be seen in small flocks.

These hornbills feed on insects, small rodents, reptiles and fruit.

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List of South African Birds

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