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(Redirected from Anthracoceros albirostris)
Nominate subspecies
Photo by djgary
khao yai, Thailand, March 2018

Alternative names: Asian Pied Hornbill; Northern Pied Hornbill; Malaysian Pied Hornbill

Includes: Sunda Pied Hornbill

Anthracoceros albirostris


75 cm. Large black and white hornbill

  • casque large, yellow-white
  • patch under the eye white
  • lower belly, thighs, and undertail coverts white
  • tips to flight feathers white
  • outer tail feathers white
  • Iris dark brown
  • naked skin around eye and gular skin white
  • bill and casque yellow-white. Black marks on base of lower mandible and front of casque (latter large, angled obliquely and may extend to upper mandible)
  • feet black

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Head and casque detail : male, nominate subspecies
Photo by Alok Tewari
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, August-2015

Smaller than Malabar Pied Hornbill, less black on casque and pale blue (not pink-tinged) throat skin.


From northern India and Nepal east to southern China, Burma, south to Thailand, Indochina, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Bali.
The commonest Asian Hornbill.


Forms a superspecies with Malabar Pied Hornbill and Palawan Hornbill. Was long considered to be conspecific with Malabar Pied Hornbill and the two species have been confused several times, leading to synonymy of common and scientific names.

Subspecies convexus may be elevated as "Sunda Pied Hornbill", A. convexus.


Immature : nominate subspecies
Photo by Alok Tewari
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, August-2013

Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:


Open habitat such as forest edge, clearings and secondary forest. Occurs up to 700m.



Feeds mainly on fruit, takes also small animals.


Breeds in pairs. Nests in a natural cavity in a tree. The incubating females are sealed into tree hole nests with mud, leaving only a small aperture through which food can be passed by the male. When the young are hatched the female breaks out but reseals the nest entrance again until the young are ready to leave.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. 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

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