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Piping Hornbill - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Laughing Hornbill; Whistling Hornbill; White-tailed Hornbill

Bycanistes fistulator

Ceratogymna fistulator


45cm. A medium-smallish pied hornbill.

  • Black head
  • Black wings with white-tipped central secondaries, sharpii and duboisi with white on inner primaries and all secondaries
  • Black tail with white tips to outer tail, sharpii and duboisi with all white outer tail
  • Ridges bill and casque brownish with creamy base, sharpii and duboisi with less ridged, creamy bill, duboisi with larger casque
  • White underparts

Juveniles similar to adults with smaller bill and no casque.


Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Uganda



  • B. f. fistulator:
  • B. f. sharpii:
  • B. f. duboisi:

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Trumpeter Hornbill by some authors[3].
It is sometimes included in Ceratogymna.


Mangroves and humid forests


Feeds on fruit, takes also some insects.
Usually seen in family groups or small flocks.
Little known about breeding. Nests in a natural cavity 8-15m high in a tree. Lays 1-3 eggs.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 2001. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 6: Mousebirds to Hornbills. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334306
  3. Avibase

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