Wrinkled hornbill

Zoo Location: Avian Breeding Centre
 Wrinkled hornbill
Habitat

Native to forests in the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

Wild Diet

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

Behaviour

The hornbill's large beak helps them to forage for ripe fruit and invertebrates at the tops of trees. Theyalso have a very loud call.

Breeding

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 will remain within until the chicks are ready to leave the nest. The male has to then provide enough food to the female and any chicks, feeding the female through a small hole that is left. Only when the chicks are ready to fledge will the female chisel out of the nest site.

Conservation

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

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus
  • Class: Birds
  • Conservation status: Endangered
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