Wreathed Hornbill {buceros bicornis}

October 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

 

Wreathed Hornbill {buceros bicornis}

Wreathed Hornbill {buceros bicornis} in the aviary at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

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The Great Hornbill {Buceros bicornis} is also known as the Greater Indian Hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill and Two-horned Calao. They are impressive in size and colour, and are a part of local tribal cultures and rituals. The Great Hornbill is also long-lived with a lifespan approaching 50 years in captivity.

These are large birds measuring 95~120 cm (38~47 in) long, a wingspan of 152 cm (60 in) and weighs 2.15~4 kg (4.7-8.8 lbs). Female hornbills are smaller, with blue eyes. The males have red eyes. The one in this photo is a young male. What eye-lashes he has!

In breeding, female hornbills build nests in hollows of large tree trunks which are sealed. They are fed by the males through a slit in the seal for the duration of this ‘imprisonment’. Inside, she incubates the eggs (one or two only) for 38~40 days. The Great Hornbills form monogamous pair bonds and live in groups of 2~40 individuals. {More details can be found on Wikipedia here.}

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