|Von Der Decken's Hornbill
Description/information: Von Der Decken's Hornbill was named after the German Explorer Baron Karl Von Der Decken.(1833-1865). Von Der Decken's
have a grey to white body with black wings and a black stripe running down the center of the head and neck. The male has a red to orange bill, changing to
ivory towards the end. The female has a solid black bill. Von Der Decken's are very small hornbills. They are about17 to 20 inches in length
weighing about 113 to 170 grams.
General Information: Hornbills first two vertebrea in the neck are fused together (axis and atlas). They are the only birds with this biological configuration.
They are also the only birds with two lobed kidneys( other birds have three).
Hornbills also have very unique nesting habits. The female is sealed/mudded in the nest by both the male and herself. While in the nest/log, she is fed through
a small narrow slit by the male. She lays 2 to 3 eggs and incubates for 33 to 40 days. While in the nest the female goes through a complete molt and is unable to
fly. The female breaks out of her nest/log when her chicks are about 21 to 25 days old. The chicks then reseal the nest/log opening and are fed by both parents
for another 23 to 25 days.
Range: Eastern Africa. central and eastern Tanzania, through out Kenya, southeastern Ethiopia, and Somalia.
They are found in open bush and scrubby woodlands of the dry savanna.
Life Span: In the wild - average 10 years. In captivity - average 20 to 25 years
Diet: In the wild - insects, mice and other small invertebrates, fruits, berries, and some seed.
We feed fresh - chopped fruits, Zupreem Low Iron Softbill pellets, veggies, soaked holistic cat food, meal worms, super worms, and crickets when available..