Papuan hornbill

Rhyticeros plicatus

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IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Bucerotidae

Head over to the Oriental Garden to find our pair of Papuan hornbills.

The Papuan hornbill occurs throughout lowland forests in Melanesia and Wallacea. It is the only hornbill species native to New Guinea.

Their diet consists mainly of fruits, especially figs, and is supplemented with insects and other small animals.

Interesting facts!

  • In flight the sound of its wings is a loud and distinctive rushing noise. As well as the noise produced by its wings, this hornbill has a range of far-reaching grunting and laughing calls.
  • Throughout the incubation and nestling period, the female is sealed in the nest cavity by a mixture of fruit pulp and rotten wood, leaving only a narrow aperture through which she is fed by the male.


The species is still widespread throughout its large range, and is assessed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, however it can be subject to hunting pressures.