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Wrinkled hornbill

Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus

Male wrinkled hornbill at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Bucerotidae

The attractive wrinkled hornbill is native to forests in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

They mainly eat fruit and small animals such as insects and frogs.

Interesting facts!

  • The hornbill’s large beak helps them to forage for ripe fruit and invertebrates at the tops of trees.
  • They are a monogamous species, forming strong pair bonds.
  • During breeding season, the female will find a suitable hole in a tree before climbing in and closing the hole behind her using a mixture of mud and droppings. She’ll remain here until the chicks leave the nest. The male has to provide enough food to the female and any chicks, feeding the female through a small hole that is left.


Heavy deforestation in their forest habitat has led to wrinkled hornbills being classed as Endangered.

Our individuals are part of the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for this species.