Von der Decken's hornbill

Von der Decken’s Hornbill Tockus deckeni

Von der Decken’s hornbills have a mutualistic relationship with dwarf mongooses—they follow troops around feeding on insects and lizards fleeing these tiny mammals. In return, the hornbills make loud calls alerting when predators are near. Both species adjust guarding behavior based on what the other is doing.

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ORIGIN:
Eastern Africa

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HABITAT:
Scrublands, savannas and open bush habitats

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HEIGHT/WEIGHT:
4-6 oz
Length: 17-24 inches

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DIET:
Small mammals, eggs, fruit and insects

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PREDATORS:
Large birds of prey; eggs preyed on by nest predators

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NATURAL DEFENSES:
Mutualistic relationship with dwarf mongooses, loud call, strong beak

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REPRODUCTION:
Lay clutch of 2-3 eggs

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THREATS:
Poaching, collection for the pet trade, habitat loss

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LIFE EXPECTANCY:
Up to 20 years

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Melbourne, FL 32940

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