Alternative name: Long-tailed Hornbill
- Horizocerus albocristatus
Disambiguation: for the White-crested Hornbill found in south-east Asia, Berenicornis comatus, see White-crowned Hornbill
70cm. A black hornbill with a very long tail and a distinctive white crest
- Very long, graduated tail with white tip
- Bushy white crest
- Nominate subspecie with white face, cassini with black face, macrourus with white face, throat and upper breast
- Flesh-coloured throat skin
- Blackish bill and casque, basal half of upper mandible yellow in nominate and macrourus, black in cassini
Females are smaller and have a shorter casque ridge. Juveniles have a smaller, greenish bill without casque.
Three subspecies recognized:
- H. a. albocristatus from southern Sierra Leone to southern Guinea, Liberia and in western Ivory Coast
- H. a. macrourus from eastern Ivory Coast to Benin
- H. a. cassini from Nigeria to western Uganda and south to northern Angola
Primary forest with dense tangles. Also in tall gallery and secondary forest.
Occurs up to 1500m.
Feeds mainly on insects but takes also spiders, slugs, lizards, snakes, nestlings and shrews and also fruit which is taken from the ground.
Often follows driver-ants, bird groups or monkeys to hawk for insects disturbed by them.
Little known about breeding. The nest is placed in a natural cavity in a tree or palm stump. The female seals the entrance with its own droppings. Lays 2 eggs.
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