Recently, the Indian grey hornbill (Ocyceros birostris) was sighted by a bird enthusiast from the Nature and Wildlife Forums in Koodapakkam, near the Sankarabarani river in Puducherry.
About Indian Grey hornbill:
- It is a common hornbill found on the Indian subcontinent.
- It is commonly sighted in pairs.
- These birds are known to be arboreal, i.e. spend most of their time on tall trees, but may descend for food and to collect mud pellets for nesting.
- It has grey feathers all over the body with a light grey or dull white belly.
- The horn is black or dark grey with a casque extending to the point of curvature of the horn.
- Unlike a lot of other birds, the male and female look similar
- It is one of the few hornbill species found in urban areas in many cities where they are able to make use of large trees in avenues.
- They play an essential role in the ecosystem as prime dispersers of seeds.
- Distribution: Indian subcontinent; found from north-east Pakistan and south Nepal east to north-west Bangladesh and south throughout most of India except in Assam.
- Conservation status
- IUCN: Least Concern
Q1) What is Hornbill Festival?
The Hornbill Festival is a cultural extravaganza held annually in Nagaland, a state in northeast India. It takes place from December 1st to 10th and is named after the hornbill bird, which holds significant cultural and traditional value in the Naga community.