Southern Rufous Hornbill

Buceros mindanensis

It is the largest hornbill species in the Philippines and commonly distributed all over the country. In the Visayas, the species can be found in Biliran, Bohol, Leyte and Samar.

The species is an omnivore (feeding mainly on fruits and some insects). Females lay eggs inside nest cavities in trunk of live or dead trees inside the forests.

If habitat destruction, hunting and poaching continues and lack of suitable trees in some areas, their population in the wild will be threatened in the near future.

Male Southern Rufous Hornbill, mindanensis race (Photo by JC Gonzalez)
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