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Hornbill Week: India’s Incredible Hornbills

Austen's Brown Hornbill By Ramki Sreenivasan

The Austen’s Brown Hornbill Anorrhinus austeni is a medium sized brown hornbill. It has white cheeks, a white- tipped tail and a pale cream coloured bill. Named after the naturalist Henry Haversham Godwin Austen, this bird is listed under the Near Threatened category. A co-operative breeder, it nests in natural cavities or sometimes even in old, abandoned holes of the Great Slaty Woodpeckar. There are male and female helpers apart from the dominant pair involved in raising the chicks. Its relatively small sized population has dwindled further due to habitat loss and hunting.
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