Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus) | Avelgood Apps

This bird is a large hornbill, at 65 cm in length. The Malabar Pied Hornbill has mainly black plumage and a white belly, throat patch, tail sides, and trailing edge to the wings. The bill is yellow with a large, mainly black casque(or helmet), but the casque is not there in juvelines. Females have white orbital skin which is not there in males.

Habitat and Distribution

The Malabar Pied Hornbill is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Borneo. Its habitat is evergreen and moist deciduous forests, often near human settlements.These birds are frequently spotted at the township of Kaiga nuclear power plant near karwar.

Feeding

This species is omnivorous, taking fruits, small mammals, birds, small reptiles, insects etc. Prey is killed and swallowed whole. Figs are usually eaten from May to February.

Breeding

During incubation, the female lays two or three white eggs in a tree hole, which is blocked off with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. There is only one narrow aperture, just big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and the chicks.

Calls and Songs

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