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Family Bucerotidae

Hornbills are found in Africa, Asia and parts of Melanesia. They are characterized by a large beak, sometimes with a casque on the upper mandible. They are large birds with the southern ground hornbill reaching 6.2 kg. They are omnivores, regularly feeding on fruit but happy to snap up large insects, lizards, frogs and small mammals. There are currently 50 described species, but this number may increase as more molecular data becomes available.


The hornbills I encountered in Borneo and the Solomon Islands fly with noisy, easily recognizable wing beats. You can often hear them coming before you can see them.
For more information check out Wikipedia.

 

Buceros rhinoceros Rhinoceros Hornbill

Buceros rhinoceros Rhinoceros hornbill

Buceros rhinoceros Rhinoceros hornbill, captive

Bucorvus abyssinicus Ground hornbill

Bucorvus abyssinicus Ground hornbill

Bucorvus abyssinicus Ground hornbill

Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus Wrinkled hornbill

Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus Wrinkled hornbill

Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus Wrinkled hornbill, captive

Tockus deckeni Von der Decken's hornbill

Tockus deckeni Von der Decken's hornbill, male

BIRD 5528 Tockus deckeni Von der Decken's hornbill, male, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.

Tockus erythrorhynchus Northern red-billed hornbill

Tockus erythrorhynchus Northern red-billed hornbill

BIRD 2194 Tockus erythrorhynchus Northern red-billed hornbill, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tockus erythrorhynchus Northern red-billed hornbill, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

BIRD 2206 Tockus erythrorhynchus Northern red-billed hornbill, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

 
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