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Black-billed Toko, or Jackson's current - one of the species of hornbills from the genus of currents

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Black-billed Toko

Black-billed Toko, or Jackson's current, is one of the species of hornbills from the genus of currents. It lives in eastern Africa, preferring to settle in thorny bushes and other arid places.

During nesting, the female lays from two to three white eggs in a hollow, which is then walled up from the inside. When the chicks grow up and there is not enough space in the nest, the female makes a passage, after which the nest is again walled up and the parents feed the chicks together.

This bird belongs to the small species of hornbill birds. The lower body and head are light, the lower body is dark. The tail is long, the curved beak is devoid of a helmet. The male and female are the same, the only difference is in the color of the beak: in the male it is reddish-cream, while in the female it is black, which gave the name of this bird in Russian.

Black-billed current is omnivorous, feeding on insects, fruits and seeds. It feeds mainly on the ground, in winter it flies in flocks.

The bird received its scientific name in honor of the German explorer Baron Karl von der Decken 1833 - 1865.

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