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Red-billed Hornbill

(engl: Red-billed Hornbill)

It's all about the beak

Their long, curved beak is their most striking feature. Externally, both genders look the same, however their beaks differ in size. The females have a slightly smaller beak.

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Red-billed Hornbills usually breed in tree hollows. The female builds up a wall, before they lay their eggs. They almost completely close the hollow entrance with clay. Through a narrow opening, the male delivers them food. Even after the chicks are hatched, the male provides for the family until the female opens the cave.

 

Rotschnabeltoko, Foto: Michael Preller
Verbreitungsgebiet: Rotschnabeltoko
Verbreitungsgebiet: Rotschnabeltoko
Wissenschaftl. Name Tockus erythrorhynchus
Ordnung Coraciiformes
Familie Bucerotidae
Größe bis 45 cm
Gewicht ♂ bis 185 g, ♀ bis 140 g
Fortpflanzung 2-7 Eier, Brutdauer 23-25 Tage
Verbreitung Africa
Lebensraum savanna
Nahrung Insects, eggs and chicks of small birds
Bestand not endangered

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