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RhinoBill by platypus12 RhinoBill by platypus12
For the #Age-of-Avians project.

The Rhinobill is the descendent of ground-hornbills. Rhinobills have two horn-like projections on their beak that are similar to those of rhinos (hence their name). At birth, a Rhinobills horn-like projections start as small bumps that are barely noticable. As the Rhino bill gets older the horn-like projections grow longer.

Rhinobill use these horn-like projections as weapons or to knock friuts out of trees by ramming their horn-like projections into a tree. Like their ancestors, rhinobills are omnivorous. Their diet consists of fruits that they knock out of the trees by ramming into them, insects, small reptiles, small amphibians and small mammals. The Rhinobills fill the niches of large African mammals such as rhinos, elephants, hippos, wildebeests, and buffalos.

Rhinobills have formed a symbiotic relationship with small mammals that cling on to rhinobills and feed on the parasites. These small mammals sometimes even hitch a ride on rhinobills. The symbiotic relationships between these small mammals and rhinobills is very similar to the symbiotic relationship between rhinos and oxpeckers.
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:iconrobotninjahero:
cool bird. Talk about reverse role. The bird is in the role of the large animal and mammals are in the role of ox peckers.
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:iconplatypus12:
Yeah. :D You'd find a lot of stuff like that in the Age of Avians. :D
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:iconthecheesecannibal:
are they aggressive only when startled?
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:iconplatypus12:
Yes, but when not provoked their very calm and gentle.
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:iconthecheesecannibal:
I wonder if a small mammal sits on them and cleans them like those one birds do to Rhinos now a days
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:iconplatypus12:
I think you've just given me a great idea! :D
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:iconplatypus12:
And I thank you for your help. :)
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