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Hornbill Week: India’s Incredible Hornbills

Rufous-Necked Hornbill By Mitash Biswas

The Rufous-necked hornbill Aceros nipalensis, a fairly large sized species, gets its name from the distinctive reddish brown plumage that covers the male’s head and its underparts. While they do not sport casques, their long, thick, yellow bills have a number of dark ridges that increase in number with age, going upto seven. Found largely in the North-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, the vulnerable population faces a huge threat from hunters and loggers.
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