This hornbill inhabits savanna, woodland, and scrub habitats.
Did you know?
The top two vertebrae of the hornbill’s neck are fused together, which helps it to support the weight of its large bill.
This species is a non-migratory bird.
The female nests in an almost completely sealed hole within a tree for 2-3 months while the male brings her food.
Form & Function
The red-billed hornbill gets its name from its bright red bill that is long and curves. Their plumage is mottled with black and light gray feathers. The female nests in a tree cavity in which she seals herself to give her and her nest safety from many predators. There will exist only a small hole into the cavity through which the male can provide food.
Conservation & YOu
Least Concern (IUCN) They have stable populations in parts of Africa. You can help protect the red-billed hornbill by promoting habitat protection and animal conservation