White-crested hornbill

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White-crested hornbill
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Tropicranus a. albocristatus in Central Park Zoo, USA.
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Subfamily: Bucerotinae
Genus: Tropicranus
W.L. Sclater, 1922
Species: T. albocristatus
Binomial name
Tropicranus albocristatus
(Cassin, 1848)
Synonyms

Tockus albocristatus Berenicornis albocristatus

This article is about the African species. For the Asian species sometimes known as the white-crested hornbill, see white-crowned hornbill.

The white-crested hornbill (Tropicranus albocristatus), also known as the long-tailed hornbill, is a species of hornbill (family Bucerotidae) found in humid forests of Central and West Africa. It is monotypic within the genus Tropicranus,[citation needed] but is sometimes included in the genus Tockus instead.

Taxonomy[edit]

There are three subspecies,[2] which differ primarily in the amount of white to their head and neck and the presence or absence of white tips to the wing-coverts:

  • Tropicranus albocristatus albocristatus (Cassin, 1848) – Guinea to the Ivory Coast.
  • Tropicranus albocristatus cassini (Finsch, 1903) – from Nigeria east to Uganda and south to Angola.
  • Tropicranus albocristatus macrourus (Bonaparte, 1850) – Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Range[edit]

The white-crested hornbill has a large range in Africa, occurring in Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Uganda. It is frequent in parts of its range. Although its population is difficult to estimate, it is not thought to be threatened.[1]

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