African pied hornbill skull – Lophoceros fasciatus – 12,1 cm


This African pied hornbill (Lophoceros fasciatusskull) is very well preserved and has a size of 12,1 cm.

The skull of this species is from a German birding center where the animal had a natural death.
No animal was killed specifically for this object.



The African pied hornbill (Lophoceros Fasciatus former Tockus Fasciatus) is a bird of the hornbill family, a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World.

The African pied hornbill is a common resident breeder in much of equatorial Africa, from The Gambia to western Uganda and northern Angola. This is a bird of mainly forest habitats. The female lays up to four white eggs in a tree hole, which is blocked off during incubation with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. There is only one narrow aperture, just big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and the chicks.