RHINOCEROS HORNBILL - 6.5x6.5 inches $175.00 (SOLD)
Highlighted Species: Buceros rhinoceros
Status: Vulnerable - Hunted for pets, and for their feathers, and endangered by deforestations
Hornbills can be found soaring through the treetops. Because they are large creatures, a pack of ten of them can be enough to blot out the sun, a majestic and chilling sight. Their dark and graceful wings making a sweeping sound as they glide, accompanied by their loud barking calls that sometimes sound like laughter or anger ringing through the jungles. Their faces also have a human-like quality about them, with long and expressive eyelashes. These traits make it easy to anthropomorphize them, and thus many indigenous groups in Asia and Africa view them as sacred creatures. The Dayak tribe of Borneo tell of how hornbills guide the souls of the dead to the realms of the afterlife, and that the bestow luck upon the communities that they fly over. Hornbills are woven into their art, ceremonial garments, and dances. Iban tribes of Sarawak see hornbills as omens from the God of War.
Size: 6 x 6 inches