African Grey Hornbill

INTRODUCTION

African Grey Hornbills are smaller members of the Hornbill family which are easily identified by their casque on their beak. This is to aid vocalisation.

During the breeding season females will build a nest in a tree hollow and seal herself in to protect herself and her eggs from predators. The male will keep returning to the nest and pass food through a small opening. When the chicks are 30 days old the female will break out of the nest but continue to feed the chicks until they are around 45 days old.

Our pair of hornbills are called Aziz and Zazu, they were both bred in 2018 and came to the park later that year.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Lophoceros naustus

Status:

Least concern

Size:

45 – 50cm

Weight:

160g – 250g

Life Span:

20 years

Habitat:

Forests, Savannah & Grassland

Diet:

Omnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Insects, Seeds Small Amphibians Small Mammals

Where Do I Live?

Central and South Africa

Do I Have Any Predators?

Ayres’s hawk eagle and the Lanner falcon

How Do I Live?

Crepuscular, lives in pairs or a flock.

Why Am I Endangered

Not currently under threat, with stable populations in the wild.

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