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Malabar Pied Hornbills

Submitted by on June 19, 2015 – 11:27 amNo Comment

Normally perched on top of trees, the Malabar Pied Hornbills are comical looking medium sized birds. The comical appearances arise from their huge bony structure on tip of their bill.

The interesting aspect of these birds are how the females get locked up in a cemented mud and droppings built cage when it lays its eggs. The opening of this cage is barely enough for the male to  feed the female till the chicks are grown. Once the chicks are grown up, the female breaks open the nest and frees itself.

The difference between the male and the female is only thair casque, which is smaller for females.

Factoids:

– commonly found in tropical forests of Asia

– medium sized birds around 65cm in length

– feed on fruit (especially figs), fish and small mammals. 

– breeding season is typically March to April

– females typically lay 2-4 eggs

– declining population

– due to its bony structure of its casque, calls seems to be loud, resonant and quite variable, including both nasal squeals and deeper chucks.




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