Von der Decken's Hornbill (Tockus deckeni) was named after Baron Carl Claus von der Decken (1833-1865), a German explorer, who was the first European to attempt a Kilimanjaro summit climb. He failed.
Von der Decken's Hornbill is a large bird of 19" (48cm), which is relatively slow-moving and a clumsy inhabitant of Acacia thickets. They feed on a variety of fruit, invertabrates and small reptiles.
Like some other Hornbills, Von der Decken's Hornbill seals the entrance to its nest, to deter predators and rivals. The imprisoned female incubates the eggs and raises the young, while being fed through a small opening by the male.
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