The crowned hornbill (Tockus alboterminatus) is characterised by its white belly and black back and wings. On the head, there is an indistinct, broad, white eyebrow, and a flat crest on the crown with some longer whitish feathers. The crowned hornbill can be distinguished from the similar Bradfield's hornbill by its shorter beak. The crowned hornbill is a common resident of the coastal and riverine forests of southern (only the eastern coast) to north-eastern Africa. It forages mainly in trees, where it feeds on insects (often caught in flight), small rodents, small reptiles, seeds and fruits. It is gregarious and is usually seen in small or large flocks. It roosts by perching on slender twigs open to the sky above.