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Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill

Bycanistes brevis

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About the Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill


Class: Aves
Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Genus: Bycanistes
Species: brevis

Up to 3 pounds

Fruit, insects and sometimes small mammals, birds and reptiles.

They're found in lowland and coastal forests throughout Mozambique, Zimbabwe and northeastern South Africa.

Silvery-cheeked hornbills form in pairs or small family groups of three to four. Flocks of 20 have been observed at a feeding site, and sometimes 100 birds will gather together for a communal roost. They spend most of their time in the forest canopy but will descend to the ground for dust baths and to gather mud for nests.

Median Life Expectancy:
Up to 40 years