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Helmeted Hornbill

Helmeted Hornbill

Scientific name: Rhinoplax vigil
Order: Coraciiformes

The Helmeted Hornbill is a very large bird in the hornbill family. It is found in the Malay peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

This bird eats mostly fruit, especially figs. It may also use the casque as a weighted tool to dig into rotten wood and loose bark in search of insects and similar prey. Unlike many fruit-eating hornbills, it is sedentary and pairs maintain a territory. Males fight over territory on the wing, ramming each other with their casques.

The call is described as hoots followed by maniacal laughter.

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Kombleh 26-Oct-2008 17:07
wow scary
Flo Hendry10-Sep-2008 06:21
Nice wide angle effec, great detail...not the prettiest of birds but an excellent shot...v
Leo K.25-Jan-2005 15:50
Beautiful shot of a very ugly bird. nicely done.
Guest 26-Sep-2004 02:42
coool~ he looks like a dino. :D