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Aceros corrugatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Bucerotiformes
Family: Bucerotidae
Genus: Aceros
Hodgson, 1844

Aceros corrugatus
Aceros leucocephalus
Aceros nipalensis
Aceros waldeni

Aceros is a genus of large south-east Asian hornbills (Bucerotidae family). This genus sometimes includes all species generally placed in the genus Rhyticeros. Alternatively, Aceros has been considered monotypic, only including the rufous-necked hornbill, in which case all of the remaining are moved to the Rhyticeros. Additionally, the white-crowned hornbill is sometimes placed in this genus, but most now place it in Berenicornis instead.

Among the species generally included in Aceros, the rufous-necked hornbill is unique in that it lacks a conspicuous casque, and its bill is mainly dull yellowish. In fact, the genus, which means "no horn/hornless," is named really for the rufous-necked hornbill. All other species generally placed in Aceros have a relatively high casque and brightly coloured bills.


As generally recognized, the following species belong in Aceros:

An undescribed extinct hornbill species from Lifou in the Loyalty Islands, living until at least some 30.000 years ago, was initially placed in this genus. But its biogeography places it with the species now in Rhyticeros (Steadman, 2006).


  • Kemp, A. C. (2001). Family Bucerotidae (Hornbills). pp. 436–523 in: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., & Sargatal, J. eds. (2001). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 6. Mousebirds to Hornbills. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-30-X
  • Steadman, David William (2006): Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Islands Birds. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-77142-3.