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Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

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Scientific Name:

Bycanistes brevis


Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, S Africa, Sudan; Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Omnivore. Mainly fruit, also insects, spiders, centipedes, lizards, birds.


Habitat:  Montane and coastal evergreen forest, riverine deciduous forest

Incubation: 40 days / 1-2 eggs

Social structure: pairs or flocks


Weight: male 1400g max, female 1450g max

Dimensions: 60-70cm  


Lifespan:  35


Estimated population in the wild: Common

Threats: Deforestation

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

  1. While the female is sealed in the nest, the male delivers 24.000 fruits in a total of 1600 visits!
  2. He brings food to the nest by carrying it in his gullet, and then he regurgitates to feed the female.

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