Very little is known about this bird.
Males and females look alike but the females are a little bit smaller in size.
These birds live on the Sulu Island of Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines. They live in the Rainforests of this islands.
Sulu Hornbills feed on fruit, insects & small lizards.
Sulu Hornbills breeding behaviour is only known because of the local people that live in the same area as them. Two babies will hatch out of two clutches of eggs in May-June. They need large tree hollows to nest in.
This bird is the world’s most endangered type of Hornbill with only 27 adults left! The Sulu Hornbill used to live on two other Sulu Island but are now extinct there because they are almost entirely logged. These Hornbills don’t live in any protected areas. Their habitat is being destroyed for Palm oil and Coconut Plantations. Another threat is poaching. Their babies are taken out of their nest and sold on the illegal wildlife trade. Adults are shot for target practice. Scientists believe they will be the first type of Hornbill to go extinct in the 21st century.
Mindano State University has done public awareness campaigns about this bird. There is a plan to ban the trapping and hunting of this amazing bird.