Grey-cheeked hornbill

Grey-cheeked hornbill Bycanistes subcylindricus

ClassAves
OrderBucerotiformes
FamilyBucerotidae
Size60-70cm
Weight1-1.5kg (♂) ; 1-1.2 kg (♀)
Incubation42 days
Eggs2 eggs
Life-span40 years
Diet
omnivorous (mainly fruits; occasionally insects, snails, lizards…)

Habitat
forests and woodlands

Range
western, central and eastern Africa


The five species in the genus Bycanistes all have a large casque, particularly prominent among males. These hornbills are much like their Asian cousins: they feed mainly on fruits and inhabit forests.
 
The pair sets the nest in a natural cavity of a large tree and seals the entrance with mud pellets formed by the male. The male feeds the female through the narrow slit that remains. The female leaves the nest when the chick fledges, about 2 months and a half later.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo