Hornbills (Bucerotidae), are a family of bird found in Asia, Africa, and Melanesia. There are only about 57 living species of hornbills in existence, of which 32 are found in Asia, and 10 of them can be found at The Royal Belum State Park in Perak, Malaysia.
These birds are famed for their odd beaks and the sometimes flashy bright skin around their eyes. The hornbills’ most distinctive feature is their long beak, which often has a hollow structure running along the top called a casque. In some species, this casque serves as a resonator for their calls.
Forests are everything to a forest-dwelling hornbill. They nest and breed within them, eat from them. Likewise, forest can’t thrive without hornbills, as they are an integral part of the ecosystem and are known for their important role in seed dispersal.
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