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Von der Decken’s Hornbill

Tockus deckeni

Hornbills belong to the family ‘Bucerotidae’ and there are over 50 species. Von der Decken’s hornbill is named after the German explorer, Karl Klaus Von der Decken.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 35cm
Weight: Male – 165 - 212g, Female – 120 - 155g

habitat

Habitat

This species of hornbill is found in savannahs, shrubland and forests in East Africa.

diet

Diet

Von der Decken’s hornbill is an omnivore (meat and plant eater) eating insects, fruit and seeds.

behaviour

Breeding

The Von der Decken’s hornbill nests in natural holes in trees or cliff faces and blocks up the entrance hole with mud leaving a gap just big enough for the male to pass food to the female incubating the eggs inside.

threat

Conservation

Von der Decken’s hornbill is not classed as endangered as it has a large range but its numbers are thought to be decreasing in the wild. Our hornbills are part of a European Studbook Programme.

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