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its not just birds that come in different shapes and sizes their beaks do too.the hornbills gigantic beak enable it to gather food from tree branches.The rhinoceros hornbills beak ensures it is always heardRhinoceros hornbills are fascinating birds and not just because the female temporarily imprisons herself during the breeding season, Foundin the deep raingforests  of Borneo,  Sumatra, Java and other Asian areas, the rhinoceros hornbill gets its name from its large casque, which is formed of keratin, the same mterial found in your hair and nails.The casque is aslo similar to the bony structure fond is hadrosaurids, a type of dinosaur that existed some 60 million years ago while the casque looks quite unwieldy, its important to remember that it is extremely light in structure. The hornbill itself is a large bird, roughly the size of an adult swan, so it has no problem using such a big beak. the rhinoceros hornbills gigantic beak enables it to gather food from branches that would otherwise be out of its reach, while its actual casque is believed to help amplify its loud calls, ensuring it has no trouble attracting mates or giving out warnings to others,

The hornbills (Bucerotidae) are a family of bird found in tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia and Melanesia. They are characterized by a long, down-curved bill which is frequently brightly colored and sometimes has a casque on the upper mandible. Both the common English and the scientific name of the family refer to the shape of the bill, “buceros” being “cow horn” in Greek. Hornbills have a two-lobed kidney. They are the only birds in which the first and second neck vertebrae (the atlas and axis respectively) are fused together; this probably provides a more stable platform for carrying the bill.[1] The family is omnivorous, feeding on fruit and small animals. They are monogamous breeders nesting in natural cavities in trees and sometimes cliffs. A number of species of hornbill are threatened with extinction, mostly insular species with small ranges.

RHINOCEROS HORNBILL

Buceros rhinoceros

Calss Ayes

Territory Indonesia

Deat Fruit, terries, insectds, small reptiles

Lifespan 30-35 years

Adult weight 2-3kg (44-6.61b)

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