We got to see 100s of great hornbills ( Buceros bicornis) on our recent trekking trip to Nelliampathy Mountains on the western ghats. The locals says, these Hornbills used to visit this place every year during November and December, this year they reached here a month earlier.
The most amazing thing about these birds are the sound they make while flying, the loud “hazz- hazz” sound is fantastic to hear.
The Great Hornbill, Buceros bicornis also known as Greater Indian Hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill and Two-horned Calao, is one of the larger member of the hornbill family. Great Hornbill is distributed in the forests of India, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra, Indonesia. Their impressive size and colour have helped make them a part of local tribal cultures and rituals. The Great Hornbill is long-lived with a lifespan approaching 50 years in captivity. They are predominantly frugivorous but sometimes take small mammals, reptiles and birds.
Locality where we found the Hornbills