The Hornbill: Unraveling the Magnificence of Nature’s Avian Crown Jewel

The hornbill is the common term for the Bucerotidae family, which consists of different species.

Both the scientific name and the common name are inspired by the bird’s unique bill. (The scientific name comes from the Greek term “buceros” which means “Cow horn”).

The bill is its distinct feature. It is long, huge, and strong, being made from keratin. Many species come with a casque on the upper mandible.

The hornbill uses this bill to search for insects in trees, as well as protection from predators.