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Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus) - Wiki
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Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus) - Wiki

Malabar Pied Hornbill
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Order: Coraciiformes
Family: Bucerotidae

[Photo] Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus) at Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka. Date: 26 February 2007. Photo by Preveen.
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The Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus) is a hornbill. Hornbills are a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World.

The Malabar Pied Hornbill is a common resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Borneo. Its habitat is open woodland and cultivation, often close to habitation.

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 the chicks.

When the chicks and the female are too big to fit in the nest, the mother breaks out and rebuilds the wall, then both parents feed the chicks.

The Malabar Pied Hornbill is a large hornbill, at 65cm 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. Sexes are similar, but immatures have a smaller casque.

This species is omnivorous, taking fruit, fish and small mammals.
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