10 Amazing Facts About Hornbill for Kids

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Facts About Hornbill

Hornbills are fascinating creatures, known for their colourful appearance, large curved beaks, and sounds. They are only birds with attached first and second neck bones which help to hold their large and heavy bills. Moreover, they have beautiful eyelashes, making them unique in the bird world paradise. Did you know that Sarawak City’s mascot is the Rhinoceros hornbill? This is why it is also known as “The Land of Hornbills”. Read this blog to discover 10 amazing facts about hornbills as well as some general fun facts to brush your knowledge.   

10 Amazing Facts About Hornbill

1. Hornbills belong to the Bucerotidae family. 

2. Hornbills are known as the farmers of our forests. 

3. They are characterized by disproportionately large beaks and a colourful appearance. 

4. Hornbills have a helmet-like structure on their upper mandibles, known as a casque.

5. You can hear the wingbeat of a Great Hornbill from almost a kilometre away. 

6. There are about 62 hornbill species around the world out of which 32 are in Asia and 30 in Africa. 

7. Hornbills are mostly found in tropical forests, grasslands, and savannahs. 

8. Hornbills tend to live in flocks. 

9. The average lifespan of hornbills ranges from 35-40 years in the wild and up to 50 years in captivity.

10. During the breeding season, females stay in the nesting chamber and lay up to two to seven eggs. On the other hand, males close the opening of the nesting chamber using mud and droppings. 

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10 General Fun Facts About Hornbill

1. Depending on the species, the incubation period can range from 23 to 96 days. 

2. The scientific name of the hornbill is Bucerotidae.

3. The hornbill is a symbol of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party as well as tribes in East Malaysia. 

4. The great hornbill is the state bird of Kerala and Andra Pradesh, India. 

5. Hornbills are revered in the Naga culture. They are celebrated through the hornbill festival. 

6. Some species of hornbill are known to warn predators through distinct sounds. 

7. A baby hornbill is called a chick. 

8. Hornbills are primarily omnivorous. They prey on small insects and animals and love eating fruits.

9. Hornbills tend to use the same nests over and over again for many consecutive years. 

10. Deforestation and overhunting are among the major causes of the rapid decline in their population. 


What is special about hornbills?

One special thing about hornbills is that you can hear the wingbeat of a Great Hornbill from almost a kilometre away. 

What are the few lines about hornbills?

Hornbills are birds belonging to the Bucerotidae family. Also known as the farmers of our forests, hornbills are characterized by large beaks, a colourful appearance, and a helmet-like structure on their upper mandibles, known as a casque.

What does the hornbill symbolize?

In many cultures, hornbills are considered a symbol of good luck and fortune. Thus, they are treated with utmost dignity and respect by being incorporated into arts, carvings, and clothes.

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