Trumpeter Hornbill

Bycanistes bucinator

This large, incredibly cool species is a common resident in lowland, coastal and riverine evergreen forests.

So what makes a trumpeter hornbill cool? Well, it is the second biggest hornbill in southern Africa (not that cool), it has a fabulously big bill (pretty cool) and it sounds like a bundle of babies crying (fabulously cool).

We first recorded this “wailer” in April 2010 while staying at Kosi Bay Forest Lodge in northern KwaZulu Natal.


Trumpeter Hornbill / Umngazi River Bungalows, South Africa / 13 September 2013 Trumpeter Hornbill / Umngazi River Bungalows, Wild Coast, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Trumpeter Hornbill / Ocean View, South Coast KZN, South Africa / 16 August 2015 Trumpeter Hornbill / Ocean View, South Coast KZN, South Africa / 16 August 2015 Trumpeter Hornbill / Umngazi River Bungalows, Wild Coast, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Trumpeter Hornbill / Ocean View, South Coast KZN, South Africa / 16 August 2015 Trumpeter Hornbill / Ocean View, South Coast KZN, South Africa / 16 August 2015 Trumpeter Hornbill / Umngazi River Bungalows, Wild Coast, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Trumpeter Hornbill / Umngazi River Bungalows, Wild Coast, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Trumpeter Hornbill / Ndumo Nature Reserve, South Africa Trumpeter Hornbill / Ndumo Nature Reserve, South Africa Trumpeter Hornbill / Umngazi River Bungalows, Wild Coast, South Africa / 11 September 2013 Trumpeter Hornbill / Ndumo Nature Reserve, South Africa
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