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At 46cm in length, this is a large bird, although it is one of the smaller hornbills.
It has mainly grey plumage except for the head, flight feathers and long tail which are a darker shade. There is a white line down each side of the head and one on the back which is visible only in flight.
The plumage of the male and female is similar, however immature birds are more uniformly grey.
The long curved bill is predominantly black in the male with a small casque and a creamy horizontal stripe below the casque.
The female's bill tip is red and the rest of the upper mandible is yellow.
Juveniles lack the casque on the bill.
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