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Black-and-White-Casqued Hornbill

Bycanistes subcylindricus

Black-and-White-Casqued Hornbill, Bycanistes subcylindricus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at the Olof Palme Agroforestry Center, Kitale, Kenya. November 2012. The birds shown here were feeding on fruit of the parasol tree.

Black-and-White-Casqued Hornbill feeding on fruit of the Parasol Tree, photo © by Michael Plagens From Wikipedia: The Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, also known as Grey-cheeked Hornbill, is a large, approximately 70 cm long, black and white hornbill. It has an oversized bill with large casque on top. The female is slightly smaller than the male, and has a significantly smaller casque. The Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill is found in wooded habitats in central and western Africa, ranging from western Kenya to Côte d'Ivoire with an isolated population in north Angola. A monogamous species, pairs nest in suitable tree cavities. The female usually lays up to two eggs. The diet consists mainly of figs, fruits, insects and small animals found in the trees. Widespread and still locally common, the Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Bucerotidae -- Hornbill Family

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