Male, a variant with white/greyish supercillium
Photo by TSWong
Tawau, Sabah, September 2006
Alternative names: Asian Black Hornbill; Malay Black Hornbill
- Anthracoceros malayanus
60-65cm. A medium-sized, blackish hornbill.
- Black plumage
- Long tail with broad white tips on outer tail feathers
- White or pale grey superciliary stripe, variable, can also be dark grey or absent
- Pale yellow bill and casque
- Blue-black bare skin around eye and small throat patch
Photo by kctsang
Kinabatangan River, Sabah, May 2009
- Smaller than male
- Black bill and smaller casque
- Yellowish-flesh to pinkish circumorbital skin
- Yellow-buff throat patch
Juveniles with smaller, pale green bill.
From southern Thailand to Malaysia and on Sumatra and Borneo.
Locally still common but threatened by habitat loss.
This is a monotypic species.
Subspecies deminutus is usually considered invalid
Lowland primary evergreen forest. Usually below 200m.
Only rarely seen in flocks.
Feeds mainly on fruit but takes also grasshoppers, locusts, small reptiles and amphibians. Catches also bats.
Forages in middle and lower levels of forest.
Little known. Nests in a natural cavity or an old woodpecker hole in a tree.
Not as noisy as the other Hornbills
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 2001. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 6: Mousebirds to Hornbills. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334306
- London Zoo
- BF Member observations
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