Rhinoceros Hornbill

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Range
Southeast Asia, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, and Java

Habitat
Found in lowlands and hill forests

Distinguishing Characteristics
A large banana shaped casque that is perched atop the bill (and whose function is debatable) is the most distinguishing feature of the rhino hornbill.

Dietary Classification
Diet in the Zoo: fruits, vegetables, and prepared commercial hornbill food

Diet in the Wild: fruit and insects

Life Span
Over 20 years

Behavior/Adaptations
The nesting habits of Bucerotidae are interesting in that the incubating female is sealed inside of a tree hole with mud while the male provides food through a small hole in the mud.

Status
The rhino hornbill is under no imminent threat but habitat alteration could harm populations in the future.