Rhinoceros Hornbill

The Buceros rhinoceros (scientific name) or rhinoceros hornbill is found in the rainforests of Indonesia and Southern Thailand. 36-48 inches in length, this bird’s overall plumage is dark soot-black, with the exception of the tail feathers which are white, with black barring. The bill is thick and mostly white in colour. However, what makes it stand out is the bright orange casque right above the bill, which curves markedly upwards. Its diet is comprised of fruits, small mammals and reptiles. One of its favourite foods is figs. Like other hornbills, this bird too lays eggs in a nest which is sealed up for nearly 3-4 months. An average clutch has 2 eggs which are incubated for 37-47 days. Its IUCN listing is NEAR THREATENED.

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