African Grey Hornbill (Tockus nasutus) - HBW 6, p. 493
French: Calao à bec noir
Spanish: Toco Piquinegro
Other common names: Grey Hornbill(!)
Taxonomy: Buceros nasutus Linnaeus, 1766, Dakar, Senegal.
Forms a superspecies with T. pallidirostris. Larger, darker birds from NE Ethiopia and SW Arabia described as race forskalii, and paler ones from S Angola and Namibia as dorsalis, but neither now seems distinct enough to warrant recognition. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- nasutus (Linnaeus, 1766) - S Mauritania E to Ethiopia and W Somalia, S to N Sierra Leone, N Uganda and N Kenya; SW Saudi Arabia and W Yemen.
- epirhinus (Sundevall, 1851) - S Uganda and S Kenya S to C Namibia and N South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 26 videos
male bird eating figs Locality Mandina Ba, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp nasutus)
Daniêl Jimenez 24 December 2011 2 years ago 41 sec 4.8
female perched in tree Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa (ssp epirhinus)
Tom Heijnen 9 August 2011 23 weeks ago 16 sec 4.7
Female perched in snag Locality Erongo Wilderness Lodge, Erongo Mountains, Erongo Region, Namibia (ssp epirhinus)
Desmond Allen 25 August 2013 1 year ago 28 sec 4.7
A male singing and displaying, and then flying away. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia (ssp nasutus)
Josep del Hoyo 25 November 2005 8 years ago 45 sec 4.6
Male singing and displaying Locality Brufut, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp nasutus)
Jan Timmer 6 December 2012 1 year ago 14 sec 4.4
A male on a treetop looking back Locality Banjul, The Gambia (ssp nasutus)
Eldert Groenewoud 22 October 2005 6 years ago 10 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 50 photos
A male and the beetle
Locality Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Krzysztof Blachowiak 18 March 2013 1 year ago 4.7
Locality Mabalingwe Lodge, Limpopo Province, South Africa (ssp epirhinus)
Georges Olioso 14 September 2004 5 years ago 4.6
Bird perched on a branch.
Locality Waterberg Plateau, Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
Tadeusz Rosinski 19 January 2014 29 weeks ago 4.5
perched on limb near road
Locality Chitabe Camp, Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp epirhinus)
owlbird 4 December 2013 43 weeks ago 4.5
African Grey Hornbill (Tockus nasutus), male
Locality Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
Jacques Erard 15 July 2010 47 weeks ago 4.4
Male Hornbill clambering from tree to tree in search of food.
Locality Marakissa, Western Division, The Gambia
Frans Vandewalle 22 February 2012 47 weeks ago 4.4
A male singing. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia
Josep del Hoyo 26 November 2005 4 years ago 4
Two bouts of song of a male. Locality Jemmu Valley, Ethiopia
Josep del Hoyo 26 October 2005 4 years ago 3
Call. 2:27pm. Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
Charles Hesse 20 November 2009 4 years ago 3