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Von der Decken's Hornbill Facts

Guest Author - Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu

Name: Von der Decken's Hornbill

Von der Decken's HornbillScientific Name: Tockus deckeni

African Names: Fimbi wa Decken (Swahili)

Length: 17 to 20 inches long

Average Adult Weight: 4 to 6 ounces

Life Span: about 10 years in the wild, 20 years in captivity

Description: The Von der Deckenís hornbill has mainly white plumage on its body with black wings and a black tail. The male has a red and ivory two-tone bill while the female has a black bill. Their long bill allows them to forage and collect food from branches. They have short, broad, and rounded wings which are efficient for short intervals of flight.

Habitat: Von der Decken's Hornbill prefers the open bush and scrubby woodlands of the dry savanna and arid steppe.

Countries found in: Von der Decken's Hornbill is found east of the Rift Valley, from Ethiopia south through Kenya to Tanzania.

Babies: The female lays two to three white eggs in a tree hole. She then seals herself in with the eggs by blocking off the hole with a type of cement consisting of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. A small opening is left for the male to bring food tp the mother and her chicks.

Food: Von der Decken's Hornbill is an omnivorous bird eating insects, snails, mice, nestling birds, lizards, tree frogs, fruit, berries and seeds.

Group Name: Flock

Habits: Von der Decken's Hornbill form monogamous pairs and nest in natural cavities in trees.

Conservation Status: Least Concern for extinction

Predators: Monkeys and snakes

Interesting Facts: Von der Decken's Hornbills have a mutual pertnership with Dwarf Mongooses. They forage together and warn each other of approaching predators.

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