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Photographers capture rare footage of great hornbill family in SW China’s Yunnan

Two great hornbills rest on a branch. (Photo/Gao Feng).

Two great hornbills rest on a branch. (Photo/Gao Feng).

Published Jul 26, 2022

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Several wildlife photographers recently captured rare images and videos of a family of three great hornbills, a species under first-class state protection, in Yingjiang county, Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture, south-west China’s Yunnan Province.

A birdling was seen waiting for its parents to feed it while the two adult great hornbills were searching for food.

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Because great hornbills are rare in China, these pictures and videos are of extremely high value.

The hornbill is a rare and large beautiful bird species distinguished by its long bill, which has a casque on the upper mandible.

China is home to five hornbill species: the great hornbill, oriental pied hornbill, Austen’s brown hornbill, rufous-necked hornbill, and wreathed hornbill. Most of these hornbills take shelter in south and south-west Yunnan and south Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

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The great hornbill is the largest of the hornbill species in China, with a 160-centimetre wingspan when fully spread.

Yingjiang county is one of the most biodiversity-rich regions and a paradise for birds in the country. Home to five hornbill species, the county attracts numerous bird-watchers.

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