Hornbills
Hornbills
Flights of Fancy
ABout Hornbills

THESE CARNIVOROUS BIRDS HAVE SUPER STRONG BEAKS THAT HELP THEM BORE INTO THE GROUND, LOGS AND OTHER OBJECTS TO FIND FOOD.

Eastern yellow hornbills team up with mongooses to gather food! Horbills have large, curved bills, long eyelashes, and dark eyes. The Indianapolis Zoo has Eastern yellow-billed hornbills and Southern ground hornbills.

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Facts & Statistics
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Average Size
Up to 33 inches tall and weigh up to 13 pounds
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Native Region
Philippines, India, Africa, China, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia
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Eating Habits
Fruit and insects
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Conservation Status
Southern ground hornbills are vulnerable, Eastern yellow hornbills are stable
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Come see for yourself.

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Where are they at the Zoo?
The Hornbills are located in the Flights of Fancy.
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Additional Experiences
Hornbill Chat

Fly over to Flights of Fancy for one of our newest chats about our Southern ground hornbills!

These carnivorous birds have large, strong beaks that help them find fruits and insects in forests, scrubland, and the savanna. Although these hornbills live up to 50 years, they are vulnerable in the wild. Discover more about these fascinating birds and how to help protect them in their native lands!