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Bycanistes fistulator (Piping Hornbill)

Synonyms: Ceratogymna fistulator

Wikipedia Abstract

The piping hornbill (Bycanistes fistulator) is a bird in the hornbill family. This black-and-white species is found in humid forest and second growth in Central and West Africa, ranging from Senegal east to Uganda and south to Angola. At about 50 centimetres (20 in) in length, it is the smallest member of the genus Bycanistes.
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Bycanistes fistulator duboisi (Piping hornbill)
Bycanistes fistulator fistulator (Piping hornbill)
Bycanistes fistulator sharpii (Eastern Piping Hornbill) (Attributes)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 8.67658
EDGE Score: 2.26971


Diet [1]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Frugivore
Diet - Fruit [1]  90 %
Diet - Invertibrates [1]  10 %
Forages - Aerial [1]  10 %
Forages - Canopy [1]  40 %
Forages - Mid-High [1]  30 %
Forages - Understory [1]  10 %
Forages - Ground [1]  10 %
Clutch Size [2]  2
Maximum Longevity [3]  9 years


Protected Areas

Important Bird Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Eastern Afromontane Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe No
Guinean Forests of West Africa Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Togo No

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Stichting Nederlands Opvang Papegaaien
Zoologická a botanická zahrada Plzen
Zoologicka Garden & Chateau Zlin-Lesna

Range Map



External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
2Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
3del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
4Seed dispersal by Ceratogymna hornbills in the Dja Reserve, Cameroon, KENNETH D. WHITNEY, MARK K. FOGIEL, AARON M. LAMPERTI, KIMBERLY M. HOLBROOK, DONALD J. STAUFFER, BRITTA DENISE HARDESTY, V. THOMAS PARKER and THOMAS B. SMITH, Journal of Tropical Ecology (1998) 14:351–371
5Guild of Frugivores on three fruit-producing tree species Polyscias fulva, Syzyguim guineensis subsp. bamensdae and Pouteria altissima) in Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve, a Montane Forest Ecosystem in Nigeria, Ihuma Jerome, Hazel Chapman, Tella Iyiola, Akosim Calistus, Stephen Goldson, Journal of Research in Forestry, Wildlife and Environment, Vol. 3, No. 2 (2011)
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License