Rhinoplax vigil (Helmeted Hornbill)

Helmeted Hornbill

Dutch: Helmneushoornvogel

Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Genus: Rhinoplax
Species: Rhinoplax vigil

This is the only hornbill species with a solid cast, known as “hornbill ivory” It can be carved as native craftwork, like the specimen of the extra photograph. The hornbill ivory trade is prohibited by Cites.

Side, top and bottom view of skull. (Click on image to enlarge)

Length: 200 mm
Length cranium: 55 mm
Width (cranium): 57 mm
Height (cranium): 54 mm
Alternative names: Schildschnabel (German), Calao à casque rond (French), Cálao de Yelmo (Spanish)