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Great Hornbill

Great Hornbill
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-24 1:35
Viewed: 2560
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Great Hornbill, Buceros bicornis also known as Greater Indian Hornbill, is the largest member of the hornbill family. Great Hornbill is distributed in the forests of India, the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra, Indonesia. Their impressive size and colour have helped make them a part of local tribal cultures and rituals. The Great Hornbill is long-lived with a lifespan approaching 50 years in captivity.

The Great Hornbill is a large bird, nearly four feet tall with a 60-inch wingspan, tail feathers reaching 36 inches and a weight of approximately six pounds. The most prominent feature of the hornbill is the bright yellow and black casque on top of its massive bill. The casque is hollow and serves no known purpose (“tame” hornbills are known to enjoy having them scratched) although they are believed to be the result of sexual selection. Male hornbills have been known to indulge in aerial casque butting flights. Females are smaller than males and have blue instead of red eyes. The male spreads the preen gland secretion which is yellow onto the primaries to give them the bright yellow colour.

Female hornbills build nests in hollows of large tree trunks and the opening is sealed with feces, wood bark, and dirt. She remains imprisoned in her nest until the chicks are semi-developed relying on the male to bring her food. During this period the female undergoes a complete moult. She is fed by her mate through a slit in the seal. The clutch consists of one or two eggs she incubates for 38-40 days.

In the wild, the Great Hornbill's diet consists mainly of fruit. It will also eat small mammals, birds, lizards, snakes and insects.

The Great Hornbills form monogamous pair bonds and live out their lives in groups of 2-40 individuals. Group courtship displays involving up to 20 birds have been observed.

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Hi Joe,
Nice showing of this wonderful species. The image is sharp and well seen. The great horn bill stands out from dark blurred background. POV ans composition are great. TFS,

Hi joey, Very nice shot and excellent eye contact. pls see intro about me. Lovely view Vignesh

An almost "mug shot" of this most fascinating species Joey. You retain well all of your good techniques. Fine show...see you SOON?!

Hi Joe,

A nice close-up image of the Great hornbill, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Awesome shot of this huge bird Joe.
I had no idea these things roamed the Cotswalds ;)
A great portrait with very good colour and details.
Well done.

  • Great 
  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-24 9:27]

Hi Joe,

Fantastic close-up of this Hornbill. Whatta face! Great colors and details. The eye is jumping off the screen.


Hello Joe
Very intersting portrait of this Great Hornbill,Great focusing,lighting and composition,Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

What a cool looking bird!
Great colors!!! Wonderful portrait-like shot. :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-25 4:36]

Joey, What a image with such a lovely eye catch. Excellent color and image and sharpness. Beautiful

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-25 7:59]

Great colours in a fine closeup of this interesting bird.
Superb composition

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-26 0:32]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful shot of the Great Hornbill. A bit soft in focus I feel but nevertheless looks majestic in this pose. An awesome bill it has. I like that expressive eye too. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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