Wild Birds

Tickell’s Brown Hornbill or Rusty-cheeked Hornbill

Tickell’s Brown Hornbill or Rusty-cheeked Hornbill

The Tickell’s Brown Hornbill (Anorrhinus tickelli), also known as the Rusty-cheeked Hornbill, is a species of hornbill found in forests in southern Burma and adjacent western Thailand.

It inhabits the evergreen and deciduous hill forest from foothills to 1500 m. Habitat loss to logging and agriculture is known to be prevalent within its range.

It often includes the Austen’s Brown Hornbill as a subspecies. The binomial commemorates the ornithologist Samuel Tickell.


It is about 60-65 cm in length. It is a medium-sized hornbill, darker brown above and red-brown below.

The male has brighter rufous cheeks and throat. Juveniles of both sexes resemble adult males.


It breeds co-cooperatively, in groups.


  • BirdLife International (2005). Anorrhinus tickelli. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a range map and justification for why this species is near threatened

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