Our Birdorable Bonanza: 2015 Advent Edition continues today with a bird named for its remarkable bill: the Rhinoceros Hornbill! The Rhinoceros Hornbill is a large species of hornbill that lives in parts of southeast Asia, including Malaysia, where it is the... Read more »
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 & Statistics
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.