African Grey Hornbill Skull


The African grey hornbill (Lophoceros nasutus) is a member of the hornbill family of mainly tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World. It is a widespread resident breeder in much of sub-Saharan Africa and the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula.


African Grey Hornbill Skull Replica measures 4.11×1.5×1.3 in. African Grey Hornbill Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Skull is male. Cast of a private collector. Our precise Hornbill skull can be used as a birdwatching teaching tool, museum bird skull exhibit, home décor bird skull, or office décor bird skull.

The African grey hornbill or Lophoceros nasutus is a member of the hornbill family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World. It is a widespread and common resident breeder in much of Sub-Saharan Africa and into Arabia.

The African grey hornbill or Lophoceros nasutus bird prefers open woodland and savannahs. The female lays two to four white eggs in a tree hollow, which is blocked off during incubation with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp.

There is only one narrow aperture, just big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and the chicks. When the chicks and female outgrow the nest, the mother breaks out and rebuilds the wall, after which both parents feed the chicks.

At 18 in. in length, the African Grey Hornbill is a large bird, although it is one of the smaller hornbills. It has mainly grey plumage, but the head, flight feathers and long tail are a darker shade.

There is a white line down each side of the head and one on the back which is visible only in flight. The African Grey hornbill or Lophoceros nasutus long curved bill is black and has a small casque and a creamy horizontal stripe.

The male African Grey Hornbill has a black bill, whereas the female has red on the mandibles. The plumage of the male and female is similar. Immature birds are more uniformly grey.

The flight is undulating. The similarly sized red-billed hornbill has uniformly grey plumage.

African Grey Hornbill or Lophoceros nasutus is omnivorous, eating insects, fruit and reptiles. It feeds mainly in trees. This conspicuous bird advertises its presence with a piping pee-o pee-o pee-o call.

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Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 4.11 × 1.5 × 3 in
African Grey Hornbill Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Genus: Lophoceros
Species: L. nasutus
Binomial name: Lophoceros nasutus
Conservation status: Least concern