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Tockus alboterminatus  

Actual scientific name :   Tockus alboterminatus  
Old scientific name :   Tockus alboterminatus geloensis (stegmanni) 
French name :   Calao couronné
English name :   Crowned Hornbill
Vernacular name :  
Tshiendesha ntshima (Tshiluba) ; kopikopi (Kibemba) ; lupengo (Kiluba)


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Description :   Has a crown of black feathers barred with white. Has a red bill with a red casque. Head, back and tail are black, belly is white. 
Habitat :   Very common in Katanga, it likes arboreal savannahs.  
Behaviour :   Often seen in flocks of about 15 individuals.  
Diet :   Insects, especially termites; fruits and berries that it finds in the canopy.  
Life history :   Nests from August to November. The female lays its eggs in a tree hole and gets walled up by the male. Only a 2 cm wide slit remains open. The female that moults at that time sometimes remains walled up for over 2 months. She gets fed by the male through the slit. The young remain in the nest for two more weeks than their mother.  
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