Jackson's Hornbill (Tockus jacksoni
Jackson's Hornbill are large, 19" (48cm) birds. They are similar to Von der Decken's Hornbill
, but have white spots on their wings, although Von der Decken's immature has smaller spots. They have white heads, streaked grey ear coverts and black crown & nape. The black upperparts have white spots. The underparts are creamy white. Eyes are brown, with black orbital rings. Sort legs and feet are black.
The male's red-orange bill has just a hint of cream at the tip, while Von der Decken's has a red bill with a large amount of ivory tip.
The female is the same as the male, but her bill is black. Habits
Jackson's Hornbill are normally seen in pairs, foraging on the ground. Small family groups seen after breeding. Diet
Jackson's Hornbill are omnivorous and eat fruit, insects and small vertebrates. Resident
Jackson's Hornbill are found in the north-west of Kenya, in particular around lakes Baringo and Bogoria. They inhabit dry savanna, thorn-scrub and bushland. The ranges of Jackson's and Von der Decken's do not overlap. Extra Jackson's Hornbill Facts
Jackson's Hornbill are like other smaller Hornbills
, with the female being incarcerated in a tree hollow, walled in with mud, dung and straw. She lays her eggs and incubates them, while the male feeds her through the same hole she excretes through. When the chicks become too large, she breaks out and then rebuilds the wall. It's a predator-proof way of raising chicks.
Jackson's Hornbill's have a monotonous call "wuk~wuk~wuk~wuk
Photographed at Kenya's Lake Baringo.