January 26, 2015 – Northern Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)

Requested by: Beth

Once considered the same species as four other types of Red-billed Hornbills, these birds are found from Mauritania through Somalia and parts of Tanzania. Foraging mostly on the ground, they eat insects as well as fruits and seeds. While nesting, the female seals herself into a tree cavity, leaving only a small hole which the male uses to bring her food. When the nest becomes too crowded, she breaks out, rebuilding the wall and helping the male feed the chicks.