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Red-Billed Hornbill Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Tockus erythrorhynchus
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    The red-billed hornbill is found through much of sub-Saharan Africa, outside the continent’s central rain forests.

  • Status

    The red-billed hornbill is considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Red-Billed Hornbill Species Survival Plan®, a shared management effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    Savanna, woodlands and thorn forests

  • Niche

    An omnivorous species, the red-billed hornbill uses its long bill to gather fruits, seeds and insects.

  • Life History

    After laying eggs, the female walls herself into a tree hole for incubation and chick rearing. The male continues to bring food to the nest, passing it through a slit in the barrier, which is made of mud, droppings and fruit. The three–five chicks stay in the nest until they fledge, which usually takes six–seven weeks.


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