Hornbills (Bucerotidae)

Long-tailed Hornbill (Tropicranus albocristatus) - HBW 6, p. 496

French: Calao à huppe blanche German: Weißschopf-Hornvogel Spanish: Cálao Crestiblanco
Other common names: Crowned(!)/White-crowned(!)/White-crested Hornbill

Taxonomy: Buceros albo-cristatus Cassin, 1848, St Paul’s River, Liberia.
Often placed in genus Tockus, or occasionally in Berenicornis, but appears to be sufficiently distinct in behaviour and voice, as well as in some aspects of morphology, to merit treatment in monospecific genus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • albocristatus (Cassin, 1848) - S Sierra Leone, S Guinea, Liberia and W Ivory Coast.
  • macrourus (Bonaparte, 1850) - E Ivory Coast to Benin.
  • cassini (Finsch, 1903) - Nigeria E to W Uganda, S to N Angola.