Hornbills

Hornbills are easy to recognise. They are big, spectacular birds which live in Asia and Africa. They live in warm countries, mainly in the forest but a few live in open savanna.  

All hornbills have a big 'double storey' bill. The bill is not as heavy as it looks, because in most hornbills it is hollow. The horn on top of the bill is also hollow, and it is called a casque.  

Depending on the species and their size, a hornbill can reach about 10 years of age. The smaller ones may live about 7 years, the large ones (Rhinoceros Hornbill and Great Hornbill) in captivity have lived over 40 years.