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Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones) of a Tockus erythrorhynchus (Red-billed Hornbill)


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Species Description
The Red-Billed Hornbill is a small hornbill found in the savannah and woodland of sub-Saharan Africa. It is an almost entirely terrestrial forager, eating insects, fruit, seeds, eggs and small lizards, with rare scavenging of rodents. Its long, red, casque-less bill (which is supported by fused neck vertebrae) is used to dig for food and its long tail is used to prop up the bird during vertical perches. Like all hornbills, it nests in tree cavities, with the female and eggs sealed in, with only a large enough hole for the male to pass food to the female. Once the chicks get big enough, the female will break out and begin aiding her mate in foraging. The Red-Billed Hornbill will form flocks outside of the breeding season, but will defend breeding territory against other members of its species; however, it will remain gregarious with other hornbill species, with peaceful territory overlap.
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Mandible (Jawbone )
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Red-billed Hornbill Page

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