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The Hornbills Of Borneo

The Hornbills Of Borneo

19th July 2012
Borneo (C) Mestska

Borneo is not only the third largest island in the world but it is also one of the most unique places on Earth. It's nearly 750,000 square kilometres are home to an incredible variety of habitats from dense tropical jungles to the complex coral reef systems found along the coasts.

The island is known as one of the world's biodiversity hotspots as it is home to some of the rarest and unique animals on Earth, many of which are found only in Borneo. Iconic species such as Orang-Utans, Pygmy Elephants and Proboscis Monkeys coexist in the rich jungles but there is also an incredible abundance of bird life.

More than 400 species are bird are natively found in Borneo including eight different species of Hornbill. These colourful and elegant birds are very distinctive both in appearance and behaviour as the females are actually sealed in a hollow tree while they are nesting and are fed by their male partners.

Rhinoceros-Hornbill (c) Jim Bowen

Wreathed Hornbill
Wreathed Hornbill (c) d10n2000

Helmeted Hornbill
Helmeted Hornbill (c) Doug Janson

Wrinkled Hornbill
Wrinkled Hornbill (c) Tim Wang

Oriental Pied Hornbill
Oriental Pied Hornbill (c) Woldere

Asian Black Hornbill
Asian Black Hornbill (c) Aziz J.Hayat

White-Crowned Hornbill
White-Crowned Hornbill (c) Nguyen Thanh Lam

Bushy-Crested Hornbill
Bushy-Crested Hornbill (c) Ban Hor Ng