- Lophoceros pallidirostris
43 - 50cm. A small, greyish hornbill.
- Pale grey and brown above
- White stripe behind eye
- White tip to dark grey tail
- White underparts
- Pale yellow bill with greyish tip and fairly low casque
- neumanni is smaller, has a paler head and a red tip to the bill
Females are smaller, have a smaller casque ridge and a browner eye.
Juveniles have a small, casqueless bill.
Two subspecies recognized:
- L. p. pallidirostris in Angola, southern Democratic Republic of the Congo and eastern Zambia
- L. p. neumanni in Zambia, Malawi, southeast Tanzania and northern Mozambique
Found in extensive stands of dense deciduous miombo woodland.
Usually in denser, less open woodland than African Grey Hornbill.
Diet not well known. Probably mostly insectivorous.
Forages among foliage, sometimes on ground.
Breeding little known. Nests in a natural cavity in a tree, the entrance is sealed to a narrow slit. Lays 4-5 eggs.
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