|Rufous-necked Hornbill Aceros nipalensis|
The Rufous-necked Hornbill is distributed in
Bhutan, north-east India, Myanmar, southern Yunnan and south-east Tibet,
China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Historically it was much more
widespread but loss of habitat and hunting for food has caused a dramatic
decline in recent years and it is now classified as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.
|It is a large hornbill with a huge bill. The male has a rufous head, neck and underparts, black back and black wings with broad white tips and a black and white tail. The eye is red and the orbital skin is blue. It also has a red gular pouch. My companions, Will and Gill Carter, watched the bird in photo 1 for some time. It was feeding on the avocado-looking fruits you can see in that photo and seemed to store the fruit in its gular pouch before regurgitating it and then spitting out the stone.|
|The female, seen here in photos 3 and 4 is slightly
smaller and has black replacing the rufous.
I think that the bird in photo 6 is a young male. The black stripes on its bill are fewer and broader, the bill looks shorter and the gular pouch looks less well-developed.