Trumpeter Hornbill

Ceratogymna bucinator

About This Animal

SIZE: 24 inches tall

RANGE: Found in humid forest, savanna, and second growth woodland habitats from south central and southeastern Africa

HABITAT: Found in tropical evergreen forests of Burundi, Mozambique, Botswana, Congo, Kenya, the Caprivi strip of Namibia and eastern South Africa

DIET: Fruits and large insects

ON EXHIBIT:  Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari gallery in River Journey

The Trumpeter Hornbill is a medium-sized hornbill characterized by a large grey casque on the bill. They are gregarious birds, usually living in groups of 2 to 5 individuals, although sometimes as many as 50. Like other hornbills, the females incubate 4 to 5 white eggs, while sealed in the nest compartment. When fed in captivity they are tame,  loving birds that can be taught a variety of tricks, and enjoy companionship with their owner. They require large spacious cages to move about in because of their active nature. They are very intelligent and have a life expectancy of up to 20 years.