Posted on October 10, 2017
Common Name: Rufous-necked Hornbill
Scientific Name: Aceros Nipalensis
Local Names: Dao yuny gajao (Cachari)
Field Characters: Male with bushy crest, rufous on neck and maroon on abdomen.
Distribution: Himalayan foothills of eastern India.
Habits: Main arboreal and frugivorous. Sometimes descends to the ground to pick up fallen fruit. Keeps in pairs or small parties.
Flight has a noisy flapping, sailing, dipping pattern.
Food: Large drupes and berries swallowed whole.
Call: A variety of roars, croaks and cackles. Both male and female duet with a call reminiscent of an axe striking wood.
Nesting: Season – April – May
Nest: the usual hornbill nest in the hollow of a lofty tree
Eggs – 1 or 2