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Rhinoceros Hornbill

Buceros rhinoceros

Description:

Borneo is perhaps best known for its hornbills -- eight species are found on the island. Large and noisy but also colorful and charismatic, hornbills have remarkable nesting behavior where the female is sealed on a tree hollow during the nesting period. At this time she is completely dependent on the male for food -- if he is captured or killed, the female and her offspring will die.

Notes:

Lucky shot as it suddenly took flight overhead

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3 Comments

luke.mackin
luke.mackin 10 years ago

What a great shot!
Hornbills are amazing. It's somewhat startling when you're trekking through the forest and they take off close by--their wings make such a tremendous roar.

By the way, I think Borneo has 9 (and Sumatra possibly 10) species of Hornbill. At least, there are that many listed in the MacKinnon book.

chebeague3
chebeague3 10 years ago

It is very rare to see those where i live

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Wow! Really lucky.

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Sandakan, Malaysia

Spotted on Aug 24, 2010
Submitted on Mar 24, 2012

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