Piping Hornbill Bycanistes fistulator
(aka Ceratogymna fistulator)
Piping Hornbill Heron, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

Ghana
May 2011

The Western Piping Hornbill is distributed in tropical Africa south of the Sahara from Senegal to Nigeria. There is a distribution map at Birdlife International.

Piping Hornbill Heron, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image It is found in lowland and gallery forest where it feeds on fruit and a few insects usually in the canopy.

It has been split from Eastern Piping Hornbill by the HBW and Birdlife International Checklist on the basis of its dusky, grooved bill with a smallish casque and its black wings with broad white tips to the secondaries and the outer tail feathers broadly tipped white. Eastern Piping Hornbill B. sharpii looks quite different with a paler bill with a larger casque and white on the inner primaries and all secondaries and with the outer tail feathers all white.

Piping Hornbill Heron, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image One of the vocalisations is a harsh, nasal laughing while another is a shrill piping.

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