Hornbill Dandeli a Bucerotidae ? Hi welcome again we are happy to announce you that we have collaboration with DSNV group and we are bringing you more things to explore about Dandeli.
In this blog you will know some things about Hornbill in Dandeli.

Bucerotidae is a scientific name of Hornbill. The Bucerotidae includes some 55 living species. Their distribution includes/ranges from Africa (South of Sahara) & Indian subcontinent to the Philippines and Solomon islands, but no genus is found in both Africa and Asia. Most are arboreal birds. The Indian subcontinent has 10 species of hornbills, of which 9 are found in India.

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Hornbill Dandeli are giants among the forest birds in Dandeli. They are bizarre, awe-inspiring and spectacular. They also play essential roles in seeds dispersers of plants in forest. They are named on the shape of the bill, they feed on fruits & small animals, male are bigger than the female various according to spices. Yet many hornbills are today threatened by habitat loss, hunting, and loss of large trees that they need for nesting as they are monogamous breeders nesting in natural cavities in trees & sometimes cliffs. Nesting sites may be used in consecutive breeding seasons by the same pair. When the female is ready to lay her eggs, female incarcerates herself in the tree hollow for three to four months, and seals the entrance with the dropping, leaving only a slit through which the male delivers food at the time of nesting this is an amazing culture they follow.

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If you are visiting first time at Western Ghats of Karnataka, you may lead to a large and consistent bird with inordinate large beak. You can find four species of Hornbill at Dandeli the Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis), Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus), Malabar Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus), or the Indian Grey Hornbill (O. birostris); the great hornbill can be found across the parts of India and Southeast Asia in dense forest.

One of the distinctive features of Hornbills is the projecting casque mounted on the large curved beak, the shapes and colors of which give some species their names: Red-Knobbed Hornbill , Helmeted Hornbill, and Rhinoceros Hornbill.

As these hornbills are very shy and wary, if constant and close presence of humans would make them abandon the nest.

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