Female hornbills block their nest’s entrance before laying eggs to protect the offspring from predators during the first few weeks of their lives. But what about food while they’re stuck in that nest cavity? The male Hornbill gathers worms, tiny birds, and fruits and drops them through the nest’s narrow opening. Impressive division of responsibility and exhibit of faith in partners, right?
They don’t have Uber Eats, y’all! However, what happens if the father doesn’t return or dies? They starve. Due to illegal hunting and loss of habitat, the species’ population is dwindling alarmingly, fetching a “near threatened” status. Presently, around 13,000 to 27,000 mature Great Hornbills inhabit trees globally. So, the question is, do we want to deprive our forests of this elaborate-looking bird species? You decide.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No