Tockus is a genus of birds in the hornbill family, Bucerotidae, which are native to Africa.

Red-billed Hornbill, Tockus erythrorhynchus at Borakalalo National Park, South Africa (9822585154).jpg
A female southern red-billed hornbill
Call of a northern red-billed hornbill
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Genus: Tockus
Lesson, 1830

See text.


Hornbills in the genus Tockus are small sized African birds with triangular shaped curved bills. They can be found in tropical and sub-tropical African grasslands, forests and savannahs. They all have long tail feathers which are black on the exterior and white on the interior.



  • Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Robert's Birds of South Africa, 6th Edition