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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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Did You Know?

Feeding on fruits such as figs, rhinoceros hornbill help disperse seeds through their droppings.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Buceros rhinoceros


2.6 to 3 ft

Zoo Location:
Birds of the World

Fruit and small animals

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)