This species is a large bird, at 45 cm in length, but actually this is classed as one of the smaller hornbills. It has mainly grey plumage, with the head, flight feathers and long tail being a darker shade. There is a white line down each side of the head and one on the back which is visible only in flight. The long curved bill is black and has a small casque and a creamy horizontal stripe.
They live in the African grasslands or savannah and in open woodland and feed on insects, fruit and reptiles. It feeds mainly above ground in trees.
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