Friday, June 20, 2014

nature animals of malabar pied hornbill birds

The malabar pied hornbill  also known as lesser pied hornbill, is a bird in the hornbill family,a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World.This bird is a large hornbill, at 65 cm in length. It has mainly black plumage, apart from its white belly, throat patch, tail sides and trailing edge to the wings. The bill is yellow with a large, mainly black casque. Females have white orbital skin, which the males lack.It might be confused with the oriental pied hornbill.

This bird eat fruits, small mammals, birds, small reptiles, insects etc. Prey is killed and swallowed whole. Figs are an important food, contributing 60% of their food from May to February, the non-breeding season; during breeding, in March and April, up to 75% of the fruits delivered at the nest were figs. They also feed on other fruits, including those of the strychnos nux vomica, which are toxic to many vertebrates.During incubation, the female lays two or three white eggs in a tree hole, which is blocked off with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. There is only one narrow aperture, just big enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and chicks. When the chicks have grown too large for the mother to fit in the nest with them, she breaks out and rebuilds the wall, after which both parents feed the chicks.for funny pics......

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