Rhinoceros Hornbill

Buceros rhinoceros

The rhinoceros hornbill is named for the rhino horn-shaped casque on its beak, which may be used in fighting, to amplify its calls, for courtship displays, or just to knock down fruit for eating. Hornbills have very interesting nesting habits.

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The female lays her eggs within a tree cavity. She seals up the entrance with droppings to deter predators, except for a small slit through which the male provides food over the next few months. Once the hatchlings are old enough, the female emerges and helps the male bring them food until they are ready to fledge.

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Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
heightHeight: 2.6 to 3 ft
weightWeight: 4.5 to 6.5 lbs
habitatHabitat: Forest
dietDiet: Fruit and small animals
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)