The Visayan Hornbill is a bird that lives only in the Philippines. The forest where they can survive in is disappearing, and if nothing is done they will become extinct.
Total length: 50-60cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
They live only in the Philippines.
The Visayan Hornbill likes to eat fruits, and occasionally eats insects as well.
In the picture, they look like a black-and-white bird. But actually, their wings and tail are dark green.
Extinct already on some islands because forests have disappeared
The Visayan Hornbill was an everyday bird that could be seen on the Philippine Islands. Now, they are rare as their numbers have declined rapidly over the last few decades. Already on some islands they are thought to be extinct. One reason for this is deforestation. On some islands, less than 10% of the forests remain where the Visayan Hornbill lives.
Damages of hunting
The Visayan Hornbill is also popular as a pet. Unfortunately, they are still being poached over a broad range to be sold as pets. On some islands they were actually being hunted into extinction. Unless we stop hunting them immediately, every single wild Visayan Hornbill will be gone forever.
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