Great Hornbill
Buceros bicornis

A Century of Birds
from the Himalaya Mountains
Vol.1 - Plate No. 44

Length: 100 cm

The Great Hornbill is a large hornbill found in the forests in the area from India, the Indonesian peninsula to Sumatra. Its scientific name 'buceros' means 'bird with ox-like horns' and 'bicornis' means 'with two horns', and was so named because the upper part of its beak is divided in two. The Great Hornbill's beak can seem heavy because of its size, but actually its interior is sponge-like and extremely light.