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African Grey Hornbill
(Redirected from Lophoceros nasutus epirhinus)
45â€“51 cm (17Â¾-20 in)
Immature birds are more uniformly grey.
Africa and the Arabian Peninsula
Formerly placed in the genus Tockus.
Lophoceros nasutus has 2 subspecies
Riverine bush, deciduous woodland, open savanna, edges of sub-desert and grassland .
Their main diet consists of insects, especially arboreal grasshoppers, beetles, mantids and scale insects. They also eat larger prey, such as tree-frogs, chameleons and lizards.
Their clutch contains 2-4 white eggs which are laid in a tree hollow; this is blocked off during incubation with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. There is only one narrow aperture, just big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and the chicks. When the young and the female are too big to fit in the nest, the mother breaks out and rebuilds the wall, then both adults feed the young.
Generally unobtrusive, they are inclined to call at sunrise, emitting a series of shrill piping whistles which varies in speed but often rises to a crescendo with the bird's head is thrown back the whole body trembling with the effort.
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