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Vertebrate prey handling in the Indian Grey Hornbill Ocyceros birostris (Aves: Bucerotiformes: Bucerotidae)

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posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by James FitzsimonsJames Fitzsimons
Most hornbills are omnivorous, but there are few specific records of how vertebrate prey are handled by hornbills, particularly in Asia. I describe an observation of a pair of Indian Grey Hornbills Ocyceros birostris handling a large vertebrate prey item (Garden Lizard Calotes versicolor) which included both manipulation (crushing) in the bill and repeated wiping on the branch of a tree, the latter technique undescribed for this or other species of hornbill. Likely reasons for this behaviour are discussed.

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Journal

Journal of Threatened Taxa

Volume

11

Pagination

14891-14894

Location

Coimbatore, India

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0974-7893

eISSN

0974-7907

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

14

Publisher

Wildlife Information Liaison Development Society

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