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Malabar Grey Hornbill

Ocyceros griseus


Malabar Grey Hornbill in endemic to this region (Western Ghats - Biodiversity Hotspot of the World), Has large bill, but the casque present in other hornbills is missing in this specii. Frugivores, play vital role in seed dispersal for many species of fruit bearing trees. Also feed on small vertebrates. Hornbills are secondary cavity nesters (incapable of excavating their own nests), they find trees with large cavities. It is monogamous, and the same nest sites are used year after year.


Malabar grey hornbill is a resident breeder in Western Ghats and are found mainly in dense forest habitats. Found in small groups mainly in habitats with good tree cover.


This pair had interesting story on the nest. The original resident is a flying squirrel. This pair lured him with food like Butterfly & lizard to bring him out of nest for three days, as squirrel knew that the same pair kept him out of his nest for 5 months during last year. But somehow hornbills managed to bring him out of nest, making him hunger for those 3 days and occupied its nest.

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Karnataka, India

Lat: 14.91, Long: 74.37

Spotted on May 8, 2016
Submitted on Jul 9, 2016

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