Great Hornbill

Buceros bicornis

The Great Hornbill lives in forests of Nepal, India, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra, Indonesia, where they feed mainly on fruits, but sometimes also on small animals. Unfortunately, some tribes hunt this bird because they use several parts of it for decorations or medicine.

When nesting, the female encloses herself in hollows of tree trunks and seals the entry with a plaster made mainly of feces. She is fed by the male during this period through a small hole in the plaster. She goes out of the tree trunk about two weeks after the chicks have been born.

Picture taken in the zoo of Cologne, Germany, in July 2011.

Genus Buceros
Family Bucerotidae
Order Bucerotiformes
Class Aves
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
Life on Earth