Rhinoceros Hornbill

Rhinoceros Hornbill:

"Rhinoceros Hornbill"

Rhinoceros Hornbill

Scientific Name: Buceros Rhinoceros

Wing span: up to 152 cm

Lwngth : up to 125 cm

Weight: up to 2.9 kg

rhinoceros hornbill facts

  • It is a large species of forest hornbill found in lowland and montane, tropical and subtropical climates and in mountain rain forests up to 1400 meters in Borneo Sumatra , Java and Malay Peninsula, Singapore and Southern Thailand 
  • The Rhinoceros Hornbill has a prominent golden -yellow horn ( called a caque) on the top of its beak with their large hornbill reaching lengths of top up to 90 cm
  • It is the state bird of the Malaysian State of Sarawak and the Country's National bird . According to traditional beliefs of some Dayak people  this bird is the chief of worldly bird , and its statue is used to welcome the God of the augural birds - sengalang Burong to the feasts and celebrations of humankind
  • This large bird species faces a number of threats including loss of its rainforest habitat , as well as hunting for its meat skull and feathers 


Rhinoceros Hornbills feed mainly on fruits and insects, but may also prey on small reptiles, rodents and smaller birds.

Like other hornbills, the adult Rhinoceros Hornbills form breeding pairs and have unusual nesting habits. The pair build a nest in a hollow tree and seal the opening with mud, faeces and food remains  – with the female inside. Only a small hole is left, through which the male passes the female regurgitated food, while the female incubates the eggs

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