Trumpeter Hornbill | Bycanistes bucinator

Roberts Birding Information: Trumpeter Hornbill

The Trumpeter Hornbill is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Bucerotidae bird family group which includes birds such as Typical hornbills.Trumpeter Hornbill

The description for the Trumpeter Hornbill (Latin name Bycanistes bucinator) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Bycanistes bucinator can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 455 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 156. You will find a picture of the Trumpeter Hornbill on page 160.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Trumpeter Hornbill between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Trumpeter Hornbill is known in Afrikaans as Gewone Boskraai.

The Trumpeter Hornbill has a height of 65 cms and weighs around 565 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured grey. The Bycanistes bucinator has a white coloured throat, black legs and a black coloured back. The eyes are red.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black.

Eyes are red.

Bill is grey.

Legs are black.

Throat is white.

Back is black.

Trumpeter Hornbill Feeding Habits ...

The Trumpeter Hornbill is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

The Bycanistes bucinator forages mainly on the ground or at the base of trees, and low down in the shrubs eating mostly fruits and seeds.

Trumpeter Hornbill Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Trumpeter Hornbill is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 4 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest within a tree cavity just a few meters above the ground. The hole in the tree is normally reused in the next nesting season.

The Trumpeter Hornbill is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams.

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Trumpeter Hornbill is mainly seen singly... Occasionally in pairs.