Kenya Birds

African Grey Hornbill


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African Grey Hornbill

Photograph(s) Copyright P&H HARRIS

Tockus nasutus

Other Names

  English Grey Hornbill   French Calao bec noir, Calao nasique, Petit Calao bec noir   German Grautoko   Spanish Toco Piquinegro   Swedish Gr hornskata   Dutch Grijze Tok   Italian Lofocero grigio

World: Occurs in a band between 7°N and 17°N then through East Africa southwards to about 15°S where its range once again extends westwards to Angola and south through South Africa

Kenya: This is a widespread Hornbill of bush country over much of the southern part of the Kenya, with only isolated occurrences in the North-East

It is quite easily distinguished from the other Hornbills by its long white stripe running from above the eye to the nape. The male (pictured above) also has a large whitish patch on the upper part of the bill

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