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Malabar Pied Hornbills


Posted by Krish Chandran on Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:33 pm

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Malabar Pied Hornbills

These large-ish (65cm/26inch) birds are endemic to South India and Sri Lanka. They feed mostly on fruits but are known to eat small birds, reptiles and insects as well..

The one on the right - with  a white orbital eye ring - is female.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:58 am
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Such exotic birds- they look so top-heavy. Very nice shot showing both sexes and their distinctive markings. Amazing beaks!
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by Carol Clarke on Sat Jun 12, 2021 6:06 am
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A lovely image of this pair and their different poses and markings, Krish. Interesting background information too. It can't be easy preening feathers with those massive bills!

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by david fletcher on Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:19 pm
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Such an interesting pair! Nice capture and sighting.
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by Krish Chandran on Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:05 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Such exotic birds- they look so top-heavy. Very nice shot showing both sexes and their distinctive markings. Amazing beaks!


Glad you like it. Thank you !!
Hornbills are actually quite commonly seen in tropical Africa and SE Asia. There are 5/6 species of them in India alone.
 

by Krish Chandran on Sat Jun 12, 2021 8:06 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
A lovely image of this pair and their different poses and markings, Krish.  Interesting background information too.  It can't be easy preening feathers with those massive bills!

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