Nest site characterization of sympatric hornbills in a tropical dry forest

Shukla, Ushma, Prasad, Soumya, Joshi, Mohan, Sridhara, Sachin, and Westcott, David A. (2015) Nest site characterization of sympatric hornbills in a tropical dry forest. Current Science, 108 (9). pp. 1725-1730.

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Abstract

Hornbills, among the largest and most threatened tropical frugivores, provide important seed dispersal services. Hornbill nest site characteristics are known primarily from wet tropical forests. Nests of the Indian grey hornbill Ocyceros birostris and Oriental pied hornbill Anthracoceros albirostris were characterized in a tropical dry forest. Despite A. albirostris being twice the size of O. birostris, few of the nest cavity attributes were different. A. albirostris nests were surrounded by higher proportion of mixed forest and lower sal forest compared to O. birostris. In this landscape, the larger A. albirostris may prefer to nest in sites with more food plants compared to the smaller O. birostris.

Item ID: 42019
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0011-3891
Keywords: Anthracoceros albirostris, nesting ecology, Ocyceros birostris, tropical forests
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Funders: CSIR-NGRI
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 16:25
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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