Vol. 2, Issue 4 (2017)
Nesting site building on Schima wallichii and rearing behavior of Hornbills: A case study
Author(s): Samik Acharjee, Abhijit Roy
Abstract: Hornbills are enlisted in Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972) under Schedule I. Few hornbill species are globally threatened. Hornbills present in the forests of Tripura are in severe pressure due to the various kinds of anthropogenic activities, such as: cutting of forests, habitat loss and traditional hunting etc. Hornbills can inhabit a variety of habitats. But the availability of suitable nesting site and fruiting trees are the two vital factors which affects hornbill ecology. Information about their diversified favorability of habitats and niches has potential importance, which might help to develop some conservation strategies for hornbills. Schima wallichi, locally known as Kanak is a suitable habitat for hornbills to complete the rearing of its chicks during the monsoon period by building up the nesting site in an architectural fashion.
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