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A Lesson in Love: The Great Hornbill Charms a Mate

Wooing a female hornbill can take days, even weeks. After all, it's a big decision. Great hornbills are monogamous and even mate for life
By Neha Dixit and Sustain Team

 

Great hornbills are monogamous birds and have an elaborate mating ritual. Young males try to outshout each other to win a female’s attention. Even when a male catches her eye, the wooing can take several days or even weeks. Once they pair-up, most hornbills mate for life.

See a lovely photo essay on their parenting rituals here. And read a piece by award-winning conservationist Aparajita Datta on the threats it faces here.

Neha Dixit
Neha Dixit

is a filmmaker whose work focuses on environmental documentaries and sustainable tourism for television and digital platforms. Her work has been driven by choices that are gentle on Earth.

Sustain Team
Sustain Team

We are a driven group of people from diverse backgrounds, bound by an abiding love for India’s natural world.

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