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Birds

Malabar
Grey Hornbill

Vulnerable

Decreasing

Malabar Grey Hornbill

Ocyceros griseus

The Malabar Grey Hornbill is a hornbill that is endemic to the Western Ghats and associated hills of southern India. They have a large beak but lack the casque that is prominent in other species of hornbills. They are found mainly in dense forest and around rubber, arecanut or coffee plantations. They move around in small groups, feeding on figs and other forest fruits. Their loud cackling and laughing call makes them familiar to people living in the region.

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Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    মালাবার ধূসর ধনেশ
  • Hindi:
    मालाबारी सलेटी धनेश
  • Kannada:
    ಮಲೆ ಮಂಗಟ್ಟೆ
  • Malayalam:
    കോഴിവേഴാമ്പൽ
  • Marathi:
    मलबारचा राखी धनेश
  • Tamil:
    மலபார் சாம்பல் இருவாச்சி
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Taxanomy

BUCEROTIFORMES
BUCEROTIDAE
Ocyceros griseus

Quick Facts
  • They lack the casque that is prominent in some other hornbill species.
Malabar Grey Hornbill

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