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Rhinoceros Hornbill Picture

Photo of Rhinoceros Hornbill

This Rhinoceros Hornbill is my Picture of the Week. These are the largest species of Hornbills found in the world and this particular one was taken at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.

These majestic birds are mostly found on the island of Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and also in Thailand. They grow to about 40 to 50 inches long (3 to 5 feet) and weigh about 2 to 3 kilograms.

They spot stunning colors of orange, yellow, and red on the top part while the entire body is black. The tail feathers are long and black and white.

Photos of Rhinoceros Hornbill in Malaysia

Malaysia Rhinoceros Hornbill
Side profile shot of the bird

What is unique about these birds is that they lay their eggs inside tree trunks and the females stay inside with the eggs and then with the chicks, while the male will bring them food.

After the eggs are laid, the male hornbill collects mud and the pair pack that mud, along with food and feces, to "mud-up" the tree cavity entrance.

Another thing to watch for is the hornbill 'bark' or call. It sounds very different compared to normal birds too.

At the KL Bird Park, there are two of these huge birds in an enclosed aviary especially for them only. A Hornbill Restaurant is also in the area so one can sit outside and watch these amazing birds. 

The Rhinoceros Hornbill is also the national bird of Sarawak and is widely used in official logos. A lot of tourism industry people also use the hornbill as their official logo or mascot. 
Kuala Lumpur Rhinoceros Hornbill
 A close up profile of the hornbill

Malaysian Rhinoceros Hornbill Photo
Frontal view of the bird

Final Thoughts on the Rhinoceros Hornbill Picture

If you would like to see these amazing birds, you can do so at most Southeast Asian zoos namely the Singapore Zoo, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, and Zoo Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

For those who are a little more adventurous, you can even make a trip to Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo to see them in the wild, in their own natural habitat.

Some places in Sabah offer a Kinabatangan River Safari Cruise where you can catch many of these birds in the wild. Nothing beats being there personally to capture a Rhinoceros Hornbill Picture for your collection.


Henry Lee said...

nice pics bro! :)
It's been a while since i last seen a hornbil....

Peace Out!
The CleverMunkey

Ciki said...

so cool!

Malaysia Asia said...

Thanks Munkey and Ciki :) Hope you're having a lovely holiday here.

Henry Williams said...

nice shots man i've never seen a bird like this before

Baby Sumo said...

We saw some hornbills when we were holidaying at Pangkor Laut Resort. They're very loud birds!

Great pics.

Barbara Weibel said...

Be-YOU-ti-ful! Hard to believe there's a creature that looks like this.

Malaysia Asia said...

Henry, thanks. Come to Malaysia to see the Rhinoceros Hornbill.

Baby Sumo - Yes indeed they are and you're lucky to see the Hornbills in Pangkor. Were they nearby?

Barbara - Thanks and yes, nature sure does have its way in showing beauty. When do you pass Malaysia again?