Helmeted Hornbill Skulls Replicas Models


Helmeted Hornbill Skulls Replicas Models measures 21mm or 8.3 inches. The Helmeted Hornbill Skulls Replicas Models is Museum Quality polyurethane cast made in USA.

The helmeted hornbill or Rhinoplax vigil is a very large bird in the hornbill family. The casque goes from the base of the bill halfway to the tip, where it ends abruptly. It and the bill are yellow; the red secretion of the preen gland covers the sides, top of the casque and the base of the bill. This species has a bare, wrinkled throat patch, pale blue to greenish in females and red in males. The helmeted hornbill’s casque is solid, and the skull including the casque and bill may constitute 10 percent of the bird’s weight.

It has mostly blackish plumage, except that the belly and legs are white and the tail is white with a black band near the tip of each feather. The tail is long and the two central tail feathers are much longer than the others, giving the bird a total length greater than that of any other hornbill species. The body length is 43–47 in.

The call is a series of loud, intermittent barbet-like hoots, sometimes double-toned and over two dozen in number, which gradually accelerates to culminate in a cackle reminiscent of laughter. This bird eats mostly fruit, especially figs.

This bird eats mostly fruit, especially figs. It may also use the casque as a weighted tool to dig into rotten wood and loose bark in search of insects and similar prey. Unlike many fruit-eating hornbills, it is sedentary, and pairs maintain a territory. Males fight over territory on the wing, ramming each other with their casques.

The casque is the source of hornbill ivory, a valuable carving material. Indigenous peoples also use the central tail feathers to decorate dancing cloaks and head-dresses.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 8.3 in
Helmeted Hornbill Skull For Sale

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Genus: Rhinoplax
Species: R. vigil
Binomial name: Rhinoplax vigil
Conservation status: Critically Endangered


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