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Nine species of hornbill are found in the Philippines and the Palawan hornbill is endemic to Palawan island but has also been recorded on nearby islands of Balabac, Busuanga, Calauit, Culion and Coron. Usually seen in pairs or small noisy family parties, and has a communal roosting site. It is usually observed in fruiting trees at the forest edge but also feeds on insects and small reptiles.