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Geotag Icon Wildlife: Yellow-casqued Hornbill

audio, wildlife posted by on Jan 15th, 2010

This is the first of many recordings we made on the beautiful Tiwai Island, one of Sierra Leone’s largest inland islands and a nature reserve preserving one of the last tracts of the Upper Guinea Forest in Sierra Leone. Eight types of hornbills are found on Tiwai, including this beauty, the Yellow-casqued Hornbill, whose whooshing wings and distinctive trumpeting vocalisations are often heard above the forest canopy – especially at this time of year. This is an edited extract from a much longer recording we have of this pair of hornbills. In the background, you’ll hear cracking noises and other movements created by some of Tiwai’s larger animals – including a group of Lesser Spot-nosed Monkeys in the nearby branches. We’d like to thank all the Tiwai Island crew, especially Suzanne for all her help and our guide, Hindowa Kamara, for his patience, knowledge, skill and silence! We’ll be posting several more recordings from Tiwai over the next few days (along with a couple of blog posts to update you on our travels, which have been quite eventful recently…).

Species: Ceratogymna elata
Common name: Yellow-casqued Hornbill, Yellow-casqued Wattled Hornbill
IUCN Red List status: Near threatened
Date and time recorded: 07:17 local time, 23rd December 2009
Location: Tiwai Island, Sierra Leone (view on map)
Equipment: Sennheiser MKH30/40 to Fostex FR2LE
Copyright: Listen to Africa
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  1. I wish we could have sounds like this for alarms instead of those foreign synthetic sounds that are piercing to the ear. This would certainly get your attention, yet it wouldn’t drive you crazy if it went on for a minute or 3:55.

  2. Beserk toy-trumpet player! love the wing sounds at end. Look forward to more recordings from this place!

  3. Seems very busy up in those trees.Let us know if you see a Crowned Eagle. They are supposed to like to dine on the noisey birds. And that island is only just an island. Thank you and waiting for the next recordings….:-)

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