Kalyan Varma


Wreathed Hornbill © Kalyan Varma

Wreathed Hornbill
(Aceros undulatus)



Image details
1/1600 sec, f/4;  ISO 400
Nikon D200, Nikkor 200-400mm F/4 VR
Location: Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
Date: 19 April  2008

Shoot details
In 2007, I was fortunate to have trekked across the Namdapha national park. I trekked over 150 KM in just over 10 days cutting across the whole park till the eastern most edge of India. Much of the forests are empty because of hunting and even the birds were very very shy. However, every once in a while you heard the wing beats of these wreathed hornbills in the air and when you look up you can see a large number of them flying together. I really love hornbills and seeing them in such large groups is a pleasure for the eye.

Species details
The 110cm Wreathed Hornbills can be found is the broadleaved evergreen forests of north-eastern India. They often gather in very large flocks and roost together in great numbers. The males have a whitish face and throat and a yellow pouch. Females has a dark head and throat and sports a blue pouch. Both sexes have diagnostic all white tail.

A Birds of India presentation


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