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Von Den Deckens Hornbill

Von Den Decken's Hornbill

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Scientific Name:

Tockus deckeni


Ethiopia, S Somalia, Kenya and C Tanzania.


Fruits, seeds, buds, insects, snails and small animals such as mice, lizards, birds and frogs.


Habitat:  Open semi-arid savannahs, woodland.

Incubation: 30 days, 2-3 eggs

Social structure: pairs or small flocks of up to 11 birds

Weight: 120-210gr

Dimensions:  35cm

Lifespan: ~15-20

Estimated population in the wild: common.

IUCN Status: Least Concern


Threats: Threatened only in areas where nest trees have been cut down.

Did you know that:

The nesting habits of Hornbills are unique. The female seals herself in a tree cavity and leaves only a narrow slit through which the male will feed her and her chicks until they are nearly ready to fly away. This curious nesting behavior is a defense against predators such as snakes and martens.

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