Tarictic Hornbills (Genus Penelopides)

The Tarictic Hornbills genus Penelopides contains a group of small hornbills found in the forests of the Philippines and the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

This group is also commonly referred to as the tarictic hornbills in reference to the main call of several of the species.

Sulawesi Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides exarhatus), also known as the Sulawesi Hornbill, Temminck's Hornbill or Sulawesi Dwarf Hornbill


All members of this group are sexually dimorphic (gender can be visually identified).

The males of all species – except the Sulawesi Tarictic Hornbill – have a whitish-buff and black plumage.

All females – except the Mindoro Tarictic Hornbill – have mostly black plumage.

Tarictic Hornbills have a ridged plate-like structure on the base of their bill.


A male and female Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini) in Avifauna in Alphen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands

Diet / Feeding

Their diet consists mainly of fruits, figs, and insects.

Nesting / Breeding

The female seals itself inside a tree hole for egg-laying. During this time, the male and helpers will provide food for the female and the young.

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