The Greensboro Science Center's female trumpeter hornbill, Ronnie (short for Veronica), hatched in June, 2019. She came to us from Reid Park Zoo, where her keepers described her as “bold like her father” and “quick to solve enrichment puzzles.” She is smart, curious, and playful!
Humid forests, woodlands, savannas and coastal shrubs in central and southeastern Africa
Fruits, insects and small mammals; occasionally reptiles and amphibians
23" - 26"
1 - 2.2 lbs
About 20 years in captivity
About 28 days
Though trumpeter hornbills are classified as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, their population numbers are declining. Many hornbill species are hunted for their casque, which is sometimes used to make jewelry and carvings.
The helmet-like casque on top of a trumpeter hornbill's bill is thought to aid in sound production. This bird's strong neck, complete with fused vertebrae, help stabilize its head against the weight of the casque.