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About the Rhinoceros Hornbill

Also known as: Great Rhinocerous Hornbill
The Rhinoceros Hornbill is a very large and long-lived species of hornbill that lives in parts of southeast Asia. They live in various types of forest habitat and feed on fruits and small animlas like lizards and frogs. It will also steal eggs from other birds.

Rhinoceros Hornbills have very large bills with a large protrusion to the upper beak known as a casque. The bill is horn-colored with red or orange coloration which varies in intensity from bird to bird. Males and females are similar in appearance, though females have a smaller beak and casque which lacks a the fine black line. Males have red or orange eyes while females have paler whitish irises.

The Rhinoceros Hornbill is the national bird of Malaysia. The species has cultural significance in some tribal groups in Borneo.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 December 2015
Scientific Name Buceros rhinoceros
  • Bucerotiformes
  • Bucerotidae
  • Buceros
  • B. rhinoceros
Birdorable Family Toucans, Hornbills & Barbets
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 9 October 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
36 to 48 inches
70.4 to 105.6 ounces
Range Southeast Asia Asia


From IUCN Red List:
The Rhinoceros Hornbill is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is largely restricled to extensive tracts of primary evergreen forest, and it is therefore likely to be declining moderately rapidly owing to habitat destruction. It remains widespread, but should be carefully monitored, and is currently considered Near Threatened.

International Names

  • 马来犀鸟 (Chinese)
  • dvojzoborožec velký (Czech)
  • Næsehornsfugl (Danish)
  • Gewone Neushoornvogel (Dutch)
  • sulttaanisarvinokka (Finnish)
  • Calao rhinocéros (French)
  • Rhinozeroshornvogel (German)
  • Bucero rinoceronte (Italian)
  • サイチョウ [saichou] (Japanese)
  • Neshornfugl (Norwegian)
  • dzioborozec zalobny (Polish)
  • Calau-rinoceronte (Portuguese)
  • Малайский калао (Russian)
  • Cálao Rinoceronte (Spanish)
  • noshörningsnäshornsfågel (Swedish)

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