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You care a lot about your loved ones. Hornbills have lifelong partners who work together to raise their tight-knit families. As a rhinoceros hornbill, you are a striking and charismatic bird, known for your large size and distinctive casque atop your bill. You inhabit the forests of Southeast Asia, where you play a crucial role in seed dispersal and forest regeneration. 

You are compatible with…

Painted Dog

Native Bee

What can you do for Hornbills?

Eat your fruits and veggies!

You can help hornbills and all wildlife by choosing to eat your fruits and vegetables as alternatives to meat, which reduces your carbon footprint and helps relieve pressure of livestock farming on forests, a major driver of deforestation!

What does the Cincinnati Zoo do for Hornbills?

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden partners with HUTAN in Indonesia to help conserve wildlife like hornbills and promote sustainable management of natural ecosystems by empowering local communities. HUTAN protects the essential nest cavities in large, mature trees so that the hornbills can breed. When needed, we even build artificial nests to help them thrive!  

 Habitat loss, deforestation, and illegal wildlife trade are significant threats to hornbill populations. Protecting and restoring their forest habitats, enforcing laws against poaching and trafficking, and supporting local communities are essential for their survival. 

 Did you know? 

  • Rhinoceros hornbills are named for the casque atop their bill, which resembles the horn of a rhinoceros. 
  • They play a crucial role in seed dispersal, helping to maintain the diversity of forest ecosystems. 
  • Rhinoceros hornbills are highly vocal birds, with a variety of calls used for communication

Learn more about Hornbills:

Rhinoceros Hornbill

teri rhinoceros hornbill

Come see hornbills and more at the Zoo:

Cincinnati Zoo Map

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