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 28 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 51 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 34 weeks ago 4.5
perched on limb near road
Locality Chitabe Camp, Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp epirhinus)
owlbird 4 December 2013 48 weeks ago 4.5
African Grey Hornbill (Tockus nasutus), male
Locality Tsavo West National Park, Kenya
Jacques Erard 15 July 2010 1 year 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 1 year 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