Order Bucerotiformes

Family Bucerotidae

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Treatment of this family here is based largely on findings of recent comprehensive molecular phylogenetic analysis#R#R.

  • Medium-sized to very large birds with long, curved bill surmounted by hollow casque; broad, rounded wings and long tail.
  • Afrotropical and Oriental; marginal in Australasian.
  • Mainly forest; also woodland and savanna.
  • 30-120 cm.
  • 16 genera, 62 species, 81 taxa.
  • 24 species threatened;
    at least 1 subspecies probably extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Kemp, A.C. (2020). Hornbills (Bucerotidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52280 on 19 January 2020).