Red-billed Hornbill

Tockus erythrorhynchus

Red-billed Hornbill, Tockus erythrorhynchus, photo © by Michael Plagens.

Lake Baringo National Park, Kenya. 9 October 2010.

Red-billed Hornbills are not bashful birds. They are keen to approach tourists and dining areas seeking food scraps. Widespread through Africa in savanna and grazing lands. Notice the solid red bill - not bicolored - and the white spots on the wings. The genus name, Tockus is a translation of the raucous calls the birds make.

Bucerotidae -- Hornbill Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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