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Von der Decken’s hornbill

Tockus deckeni

Von der Decken’s hornbills are highly curious birds that are well accustomed to being around humans.  They tend to be very vocal throughout the day while communicating with one another.  Hornbills nest in large holes in hollow trees. The pair will seal the female inside the nest, with a mud and saliva wall that dries hard in the African sun.  A small hole is all that is left so that the male can hunt and pass food to the female and chicks.  She will only leave this nest once all of the chicks are fully fledged.

Animal class


Conservation status

The IUCN does not believe that the Von der Decken’s hornbill will be facing extinction in the near future.


Grasslands and Savannah


It is not known how many Von der Decken’s hornbills there are in the wild.


Omnivore. These hornbills like to eat seeds, insects and small mice. They also eat fruits such as papaya, apples and cantaloupe.