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Silvery-cheeked Hornbill

Bycanistes brevis


Spotted this bird while walking in a village in the Arumeru District of Arusha, Tanzania. The natives call this bird hondo-hondo but the common name is silvery-cheeked hornbill. This is a large bird at 75 to 80 centimeters in length with a very large creamy casque on the beak. The female is slightly smaller than the male and has a significantly smaller casque as seen in the last picture in this series. The head is silver-grey and the rest of the plumage is iridescent black, except for the white rump, lower back, thighs, vent and tip of the outer tail-feathers. Silvery-cheeked Hornbills are residents of the tall evergreen forests of East Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa It has an over-sized blackish bill with large casque on top.

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AdamRiley 12 years ago
Silvery-cheeked Hornbill
Bycanistes brevis

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Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 12 years ago

@Adam: I double-checked it and I guess you're right. Thanks for the ID suggestion.

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 12 years ago

@Ismael: Thanks :)

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 12 years ago

I love this birds they look so prehistoric

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 12 years ago

@letermagog: Thanks!

Ietermagog 12 years ago

Really impressive pics!

Jinki Afrika
Jinki Afrika 12 years ago

Thanks, Alin :)

alin 12 years ago

What an amazing spot! Beautiful photos too!

Jinki Afrika
Spotted by
Jinki Afrika

Arusha, Tanzania

Spotted on Feb 4, 2012
Submitted on Feb 4, 2012

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