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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
Scientific Surname Tockus erythrorhynchus
Order Coraciiformes
Family Bucerotidae
Size till 45 cm
Weight male: 185 g, female 140 g
Reproduction breeding period 23-25 days, 2-7 eggs
Distribution Africa
Habitat savanna
Food Insects, eggs and chicks of small birds
Livestock not endangered

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