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Safari Africa Animal Fact Sheet
AFRICAN HORNBILLS
SILVER-CHEEKED HORNBILL (Certogymna brevis), TRUMPETER HORNBILL (Ceratogymna bucinator), VON DER DECKEN’S HORNBILL (Tockus deckeni), RED-BILLED HORNBILL (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Range:
Throughout Africa
Hornbills are cavity nesters with a fascinating reproductive process. A mated pair works together to seal a nest, leaving only a narrow slot just large enough for the female to squeeze into. Once the female is inside the nest, the male forms special pellets of mud and saliva in his gullet to seal the entrance. The female and eggs live inside the nest until the eggs have hatched and the chicks are about half grown. The female then breaks out of the nest where she and her mate return food to the chicks through the slot. The chicks break free when they are able to fly. The Zoo’s African hornbill species can be found in aviaries throughout the Safari Africa habitat area.

Silver-Cheeked Hornbill (left), Trumpeter Hornbill (right)

Von Der Decken's Hornbill (left), Reb-Billed Hornbill (right)
Habitat: Forest regions.
Diet: Hornbills feed on fruits, insects, other birds' eggs and centipedes.
Status: Least Concern (IUCN)
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Weight: 4.4-8.8lbs
Height: 26.7-27.5 in
Lifespan: 10-11 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: Females lay two eggs, with an incubation period of 38-42 days. They are a monogamous species and the lifelong partners take turns to incubate their eggs and feed their young.

 

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