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Indian Grey Hornbill : A distinctive bird of India with massive bill

Updated: Aug 1

Indian Grey Hornbill : Distinctive bird of India with massive bill




Indian Grey Hornbills


· As the name indicates ‘ Indian Grey Hornbill’ is a specific bird of India which is normally found throughout the country but widespread resident of Indian plains in states such as Punjab ' Bihar , Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka etc.

· India is home to a number of other species of Hornbills such as Great Hornbill (found in Western Ghats, North-east & Eastern Himalayas), Rufous-necked Hornbill ( found in Eastern Himalayas & North-east),Wreathed Hornbill (found in Eastern Himalayas foothills, North-east) etc. But Indian Grey Hornbills are found throughout India except some parts of Rajasthan, Western Ghats and North – east.

Salient features of Indian Grey Hornbill:

· It is a medium-sized beautiful bird with massive bills which is a mix of yellow and dark grey colours.

· It has primarily grey coloured body, white-tipped tail, black patches adjoining eyes & white underparts.

· Its flight is powerful and slow. It flaps wings for sometimes followed by gliding. Tails are very long which help in flying and gliding. The wing beats make a distinctive loud puffing sound.

· Usually found in pairs or small groups. They normally fly one after another in a sequence.

· Their calls include a loud cackling k-k-k-ka-e and rapid piping pi-pi-pi-pi pipipieu - pipipieu.

· It is arboreal and usually found in the treetops. They normally fly tree – to - tree and seldom move on the ground. Open forest and wooded areas are their natural habitats. They mainly feed on wild figs, berries and insects.


Indian Grey Hornbills


· Its scientific name is ‘Ocycerous birostris’ and belongs to ‘Bucerotidae’ family.

· Its Hindi name is ‘Dhanesh’.

· It is state bird of Chandigarh.


Video of Indian Grey Hornbills

# Indian Grey Hornbills are very active bird which keep flying from tree to tree and easily camouflage themselves within trees due to predominant grey colour.

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