The Von der Decken’s Hornbill (Tockus deckeni) is a large big-beaked African bird.
The Von der Decken’s Hornbill has a black and white body. Its wings and upper tail feathers are black, and it nape, chest, belly, and under tail feathers are white. It has a black patch around its eyes. It has small red cheek patches. The male has a large downward curved two-toned red and ivory-cream beak with a black tip. The female has a large all-black beak.
It measures 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall.
The Von der Decken’s Hornbill ranges from Ethiopia in east Africa, to Kenya and northern Tanzania. It prefers savannahs, open woodlands, and semi-arid scrublands close to rivers and streams.
It is omnivorous, eating insects, fruit, and reptiles. It feeds mainly on the ground.
Females lay 2-4 white eggs in a tree hollow. The nest has a door made from mud, mashed fruit, and manure.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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