Rhinoceros Hornbill

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.
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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 14 December 2015
Scientific Name
Buceros rhinoceros
  • Bucerotiformes
  • Bucerotidae
  • Buceros
  • B. rhinoceros
Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 9 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
36 to 48 inches
70.4 to 105.6 ounces


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

Chinese (汉语) 马来犀鸟
Czech (Cesky) dvojzoborožec velký
Danish (Dansk) Næsehornsfugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Gewone Neushoornvogel
Finnish (Suomi) sulttaanisarvinokka
French (Français) Calao rhinocéros
German (Deutsch) Rhinozeroshornvogel
Italian (Italiano) Bucero rinoceronte
Japanese (日本語) サイチョウ [saichou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Neshornfugl
Polish (Polski) dzioborozec zalobny
Portuguese (Português) Calau-rinoceronte
Russian (русский язык) Малайский калао
Spanish (Español) Cálao Rinoceronte
Swedish (Svenska) noshörningsnäshornsfågel
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