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Rhinoceros Hornbill

Buceros rhinoceros


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.


Lucky shot as it suddenly took flight overhead

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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 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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