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I found Hannibal in a tiny cage under a table at a bird fair. Story goes that he had been illegally poached from Kenya, Africa. He was being fed strips of raw steak. I fell in love with him and brought him home. He and Kermit, (my military) traded cages on their own. Hannibal now settles in at night in a 7' high X 4' round cage in the aviary. Although he is not the kind of bird that you can interact with physically, he does take food from my hand and will sit on my arm.. Awards
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Hi! My name is Hannibal

I am a Toco Toucan from Columbus, OH.

Hannibal the Cannibal. Actually, I am not a Toucan. I am a Von der Decken Hornbill.

20 years old   M

Toco Toucan

Fuzzy mice are always a joy for me to slam against a branch before swallowing whole. Although one night I surprised Mommy and snatched a peice of pizza right out of her mouth! Last night I had chicken and noodles! Crickets are fun . . . I eat them like popcorn, along with mealworms. Fresh fruits and nectar are simply delicious!

I love to run around on the floor and under the others' cages. I fly around overhead and hover in one spot as I examine a smaller parrot or Mommy eating pizza! I really prefer to be above everything, but I am so comfortable that I will lit upon any level and gaze at you with overt curiosity.

I got no worries - life is good!

My mommy knows that I enjoy sand-baths instead of water . . . being from Africa and all. So once a week she brings in a hard plastic baby pool and puts clean, dry sand in it so I can bathe and play! (And get it all over the floor too!) Mommy talks to me and allows me to fly & forage every day. She also finds the most interesting things for me to eat!!! I feel safe with her.

Well, I enjoy sand baths and like to fling it out of the box after ruffling and rolling around in it. I also love to hunt through (bedding) sand, dirt for small rodents and bugs. I cluck and chuckle loudly and quickly when I get excited..

"Is it edible?".

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01/27/2010 01:01.16 PM  
  Hi Hannibal, You are such an awesome looking bird. You look like you belong in the Toucan family... Here's a vote for you from Missy the Goffins.

Come visit me, Missy (Short for Mischievous).

11/15/2009 05:37.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hannibal!
Caymus here. Just flying around today meeting new friends on the BC. About a year ago I began on my goal to meet every birdie here on the birdchannel. Well it seems I’ve hardly made it very far but I’m a persistent little fellow! (hehehe) Hope you’ll stop by my page to say hello as well. Leaving you a vote and a big birdie hug!

Come visit me, Blanche, Caymus & Peachy (2004-2010) - Thank you for BOTD!.

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01/27/2009 04:02.27 PM  
you rock...plain and simple! here's a vote from this flock.

Come visit me, grendel, astaroth, bella (in memory of), archimedes, cthulhu (in memory of), eddie, sylvester & chowder.

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10/29/2008 10:20.43 AM  
  A vote for a very handsome hornbill :)

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08/05/2008 07:13.32 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Hannibal
You sure are an interesting birdie. I bet your mom has fun with you. I gave you a vote today!

Come visit me, Skittles & Bluebell.

07/14/2008 01:54.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Oh my..I had to bring this page back up to show my fiancee.My son didnt care much for him but he's only 22 months old. Maybe this sounds stupid but are they legal in the US?

Come visit me, Cadillac, Junebug & Lacey.

03/21/2008 07:12.50 AM Report This Comment  
Wow you are so cool! Here's a vote.

Come visit me, Piet & Kiki.

03/05/2008 06:13.10 AM Report This Comment  
sure sure a pretty one and a strange one. we each have our looks and personality. mom letting us vote today, you got our vote. have a great week.

Come visit me, STARBUCK, PEANUT & jazzy.

02/11/2008 03:29.34 PM Report This Comment  
  soooooo handsom

Come visit me, Kyler, Aussie, Azaria, Allegra, Dublin, Charlie & Eos.

12/30/2007 10:39.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Hay Hay Hannable
I know it's late here in the south 4:30 am but I had to come and visit you and leave you a vote, you are a coool guy, I met a cousen of yours last night his name is very unique, it is " Do You know the Savior" ya that's his name and he is a Toco Toucan too, so I just want to intorduce myself and tell you I am working for Bird of the Week and would love to get to know you, drop by soon, you can leave the mice home though, I do have Chicken legs though, heee hee ehe. Here's a vote for you buddy ! Peepers of Savannah, Ga. <(*v*)>

Come visit me, Pe~air, Jeepers, Chiger, REO, Sweet Pea & PEEPERS.

11/11/2007 01:34.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Hanibal
Hi Just stopped by to say hello to everyone. Hope everyone is doing great. I wanted to ask your mommy something? Mom was looking through bird profiles and came across PeteY M2 and his girlfriend Daisy M2 and was wondering if they were my old roommates. Their profiles said they were being adopted in Maryland. It probably isnt my old friends, but it would be neat if it is and I could write to them.Both birds are in their 20s and the Petey bird looked kinda like the Petey your mommy had at the bird faire. Well gotta go now, Birdie kisses and hugs to everyone, McCartney

Come visit me, McCartney, Bonnie Molly, Zak, Gabby, SAMMY, Corona, Simon, Clyde Pan, ZaZu & Piper.

05/31/2007 03:52.58 PM Report This Comment  
Is the Von der Decken Hornbill a rhamphastid, or was that just the closest thing you could find to describe him? Either way, you are very lucky. I saw a hornbill exhibit at the National Aviary, in Pittsburgh -- I love the way they smack things around them with their beak, like it's a hockey stick, to make a point. What a lovely pet you have!

Come visit me, Baby Lily, Roscoe, Penelope, Xavier & Baby Kip.

05/28/2007 05:55.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Hannibal the Cannibal
How are you today. This is McCartney here again. Remember how I didnt play with toys much. Well, I really like rope and leather toys now. Mom made me easter eggs with walnuts in them and strung them up with leather. I had to crack open the eggs to get the walnuts. I love walnuts. Anyway, this weekend we were up in the mountains visiting and mom set me down on a big chunk of pine wood. Well I still dont like to chew wood but this was different. I started picking off that stuff mom said was bark. I had so much fun doing that so mom brought two big logs home. She has to bake them in the oven before I can have them, but I cant wait. Tell your mommy that I loves to chew that bark stuff. I wanted to know if you Hannibal the Cannibal likes toys, or do you think your mices are toys? McCartney

Come visit me, McCartney, Bonnie Molly, Zak, Gabby, SAMMY, Corona, Simon, Clyde Pan, ZaZu & Piper.

05/21/2007 04:40.57 PM Report This Comment  
  A visit from Sapphire
Hi Hannibal! Thanks for visiting my page! You know people find it surprising but I like meat too! Chicken is a favorite of mine when cooked to juicy tenderness! Good source of protein! You are so different and unique that's what makes you so lovely! Visit anytime!

Come visit me, Sapphire.

05/20/2007 07:46.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Hannibal
Hello from McCartney. Remember me, I used to live with you for awhile. Your mom rescued me and then found me a great home. You are the most interesting bird on bird channel and you also have a great home and a very caring mommy. How is everyone else in the flock? I am doing really well. Just like you I learned a lot of new things. Tell your mommy that my mom says hi, and thanks again. Please come visit Simon and I. Miss you McCartney

Come visit me, McCartney, Bonnie Molly, Zak, Gabby, SAMMY, Corona, Simon, Clyde Pan, ZaZu & Piper.

05/19/2007 04:07.36 AM Report This Comment  
That's so awsome that Hannibal comes when he's called! All I do is look over my shoulder and give a sad little look---when I'm being scolded. Otherwise I guess I do run to mom and dad when I'm excited and chasing after them and they call, "Come and get me Harley!!"
Here's a vote for you Hannibal!


Come visit me, Frankie~ We've been busy, but we miss our friends! & Harley~~I miss you, my friends! I'll be back soon.

05/17/2007 03:03.00 PM Report This Comment  
Hannibal now comes when he is called! I allow him 4 hours daily for free-flight & forage and he is getting along great with the other (birds). He recognizes my words "Would you like some meeces-mices-mooses-mouses?!" When he hears that he begins clucking like mad and hopping from one perch to another, or just flies over my head, following me into the kitchen and all around the house until his mice are thawed and placed inside his cage. Hannibal also allows me to pet his wing(s) and gently pull on his tail! He is a true joy to share my home with!

Come visit me, Crackers, Gretta, Fran, Bailey & Hannibal.

05/16/2007 08:34.20 AM Report This Comment  
how did you get your name

what a stad story here is a vote

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04/10/2007 08:53.25 PM Report This Comment  
  Beautiful! What a sad story though. I'm sure it couldn't have turned out much better than it did. It just shows that there are a few good people in this world that care about more than themselves. Carion

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04/10/2007 09:40.40 AM Report This Comment  
What a beautiful bird. I am however wondering why a red-billed hornbill is labeled as a toco toucan and a raptor. This is just clarification from an obssesive compulsive bird taxonomer. Well much love from both of us.
Your Pals,
Lou Bird & Scott

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04/10/2007 08:39.39 AM Report This Comment  
wow i have never seen a bird like you, you are beautiful. i gave you a vote you are the coolest bird on here that i have seen.


02/27/2007 02:27.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Your a very cool bird, I voted for you today, I love the long beak, I'm glad your have a nice home.

Come visit me, Mango, Penelope, My Babies, shamrock & yellow bird.

02/22/2007 07:06.08 PM Report This Comment  
  So Unique!
Hi Hannibal!
Your mom visited my sight and with such an interesting name who could resist clicking on yours? I have to admit a dinner of mice doesn't sound too good to me. Have you tried Nutts?! (I don't recommend peanuts though... Yuck). You're beak is just beautiful. My Aunt would FLIP; she things mine's big and scary! I keep trying to show her how friedly I am though... Silly humans. Well, take care and talk to you soon!

Come visit me, Kiera.

01/21/2007 09:32.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi Hannibal
The Cannibal hahahaha fits ,, hahah WOW you are sure a unique bird. And so happy you have a great life there now instead of being in small cage, :)

Diane, New Smyrna Beach,, FL.

01/19/2007 12:49.19 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello! ♥
Hi Hannibal! I haven't heard from you in a long time so I decided to visit you. I love your new picture at the bottom. You look very cute. You are a very popular bird! I am surprised you aren't Bird of The Month of Bird of The Week. You probably wil soon, though. Come visit me soon!!! ♥

Come visit me, Klips, Kalipsa & Sunny.

12/13/2006 04:19.18 PM Report This Comment  
  how cool is he!!He is very popular can only love him...

Come visit me, Kiko, Sable, Kacy, Toby & Nicky.

12/09/2006 06:56.31 AM Report This Comment  
  Oh, Hannibal, you're too pretty. I've been thinking of getting a rhamphastid, myself, but I want a green aracari. I go to the Emerald Forest Bird Gardens web site all the time and dream away . . . I've looked at you lovely Tocos, too. Do you use anyone's low-iron diet in particular, or do you feed all-fresh? I worry about putting together a safe fresh diet for them. I'd love to hear how you approach an iron-safe diet.

Come visit me, Baby Lily, Roscoe, Penelope, Xavier & Baby Kip.

12/08/2006 05:25.53 PM Report This Comment  
  what a cool looking bird...

Come visit me, Jack the Brat & Max a Million.

12/07/2006 03:25.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey Hannibal! You are lookin' handsome as always! Love the new pictures. It looks like you stay busy playing and hanging around!

Come visit me, Cherry, Parsley & Tiki.

12/07/2006 10:42.06 AM Report This Comment  
  You should put up one of your paintings! And quilts. That must be so much fun to do all that theater stuff. I've done mime, but I knda suck at it- I'm friends with the person who runs it, so she gives me small parts. Put up a painting! Please...

Come visit me, Babies I have had, Prince Caspian, Kiwi, Cherry Head Conure, The babies! Tansy, Jess and Midge, Master Merlin, ReepiCheep, Arwen, Christopher, Angel Baby & Galadriel, AKA Elly May.

12/07/2006 09:13.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Your an artist? Cool! What kind? I mean, what do you do? I'm working towards an illustration degree, hopefully children's books and anything involving drawing birds or horses. Thanks for letting me draw Hannible! I always seem to do parrots, so this will be fun. And mouse free. =)

Come visit me, Babies I have had, Prince Caspian, Kiwi, Cherry Head Conure, The babies! Tansy, Jess and Midge, Master Merlin, ReepiCheep, Arwen, Christopher, Angel Baby & Galadriel, AKA Elly May.

12/06/2006 02:09.22 PM Report This Comment  
  Boo! You got it right when you said to "respect the old lady". In answer to your question to Hannibal, no he doesn't really interact with the others, but he does like to hang out on Grettas cage, where he can see everyone and everything in the aviary, in addition to looking through the rest of the main floor ie. living room, and kitchen. He really doesn't need to play with anyone, but forages around on the floor and loves to fly back and forth, wrecking havoc with the Toos! UGH! Liz

Come visit me, Crackers, Gretta, Fran, Bailey & Hannibal.

12/06/2006 01:49.14 PM Report This Comment  
  An ARTIST?! You just keep getting better and better! A woman after my own heart! Me Too!! We would be honored if you decide to paint a portrait! I'd love to have a scanned copy of the completed work (to add to his webpage) and perhaps to hang on my wall here at the house? Good Luck! Liz

Come visit me, Crackers, Gretta, Fran, Bailey & Hannibal.

12/06/2006 01:26.54 PM Report This Comment  
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