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Hornbill Week: India’s Incredible Hornbills

Narcondam Hornbill By Kalyan Varma

This is perhaps one of only a handful images of the Narcondam Hornbill Rhyticeros narcondami in the wild. Narcondam, a volcanic Island, is one 500 odd islands and is part of the North Andaman Group. It is a densely wooded, solitary island, with an altitude of 750 m., and located approximately 70 miles off Port Blair towards Myanmar. It is a part of same submerged line of hills that includes the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Measuring only 6.8 sq. km area, it hosts an amazing biodiversity.These birds are small, dark and have an all white tail that stands out.  Their population though stable, has been marked endangered owing to their small numbers and their even smaller home range.
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