African hornbills renowned for their remarkable aerial abilities and striking plumage

Characterized by their distinctive bills, which are often brightly colored and have a curved shape, birds of this genus are omnivorous and have a varied diet, including insects, fruit, and small animals.

They are important in the ecosystem, playing a role in controlling insect populations and dispersing seeds. These hornbills are also known for their interesting breeding behavior, which includes nesting in tree cavities and sealing themselves inside the nest cavity with a mixture of mud and droppings.

Several species of Tockus hornbills are of conservation concern due to habitat loss and hunting. Efforts to protect their habitats and regulate hunting are important in ensuring their continued survival.