Birds-von Der Decken Hornbill
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Birds-Von der Dcken Hornbill. This grand bird was imaged at the Washington DC Zoo. Von der Decken hornbills live in eastern Africa. They prefer dry, arid conditions, in open bush habitats. I have read about the breeding habits of these bird. The male will find an empty tree cavity and then lure a female to it. He entices her with food gifts and mudding material (made up of dirt and feces). Once she accepts the young man's affections, she takes her place in the tree cavity and helps with the mudding process. When the feamale is ready, the hole is filled with mudding material, leaving a tiny slit in the opening so the male can feed the female. After the eggs hatch, the mother will break through the barrier and assist the male with the chore of feeding the young.
November 2nd, 2021
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