Estimated Wild Population
Red-billed hornbills were named for their long, curved, red bill. They have a white head and chest, along with spotted wings and a long brown tail. These birds are some of the smaller hornbills, even though adults can reach up to 16 inches in length. Unlike many hornbills, they lack a casque on top of their bill. These omnivorous birds eat fruit, seeds, and insects.
Interesting Fact 1
Before laying eggs, females seal themslves inside a treehole with mud, droppings, and fruit. During this time, males pass them food through a small opening.
Interesting Fact 2
Although red-billed hornbills are normally found in small family units, they also gather at watering holes and feeding areas in flocks of several hundred.
Interesting Fact 3
The animated character Zazu in Disney’s "The Lion King" is a red-billed hornbill.
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Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.