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Silvery-Cheeked Hornbill

 

These crazy birds have huge beaks and silvery cheeks. Although we can’t be sure, scientists think a hornbill’s beak is used to knock down fruit, amplify their calls, and could be used as a marker to recognize which hornbill is which – kind of like a nametag they wear on their face. When a female hornbill is about to lay eggs and raise chicks, she finds a hole in a tree and settles down. Her male partner seals her in with a mixture of mud and saliva he makes, and feeds her and the chicks through a tiny slit built into the mud wall. Weird, but it works, for predators at least. Not even a tree home can protect hornbills from habitat loss. To help, protect wild places around your backyard and around the world.