The returning Hornbill - Pooja Gupta
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The returning Hornbill
Great Indian Hornbill
The Great Indian Hornbill forms monogamous pair bonds for life. The male hornbill dutifully brings food to the female who spends her time within the nest she has enclosed with faeces to keep their young safe. A predominantly frugivorous species, in the wild, the great hornbill's diet consists mainly of fruit, like figs. All the water they need also comes from these fruits.
The male carries fruit in its beak to the nest, sometimes dropping it to the ground resulting in seed dispersal; also a repercussion of excretion. By serendipity this paternal behaviour of the Hornbill makes them dispersers of many forest tree species, maintaining tree diversity and ecological richness; locally also known as 'farmers of the forest'.
The Great Indian Hornbill is seen in parts of the Indian subcontinent. Its impressive size and colour have led to its importance in many tribal cultures and rituals.
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