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Sri Lanka grey hornbill

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Bucerotiformes
Genus  Ocyceros
Higher classification  Ocyceros
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Bucerotidae
Scientific name  Ocyceros gingalensis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Bird, Ocyceros, Hornbill, Brown‑capped babbler, Malabar grey hornbill

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The Sri Lanka grey hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis) is a bird in the hornbill family and a widespread and common endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka. Hornbills are a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World.

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The Sri Lanka grey hornbill is a gregarious bird found in forest habitats. It feeds mostly on figs, although occasionally it eats small rodents, reptiles and insects. The female lays up to four white eggs in a tree hole blocked off during incubation with a cement made of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. There is only one narrow aperture, barely wide enough for the male to transfer food to the mother and chicks.

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The Sri Lanka grey hornbill is a large bird at 45 centimetres (18 in) in length. It has grey wings with black primary flight feathers, a grey back, and a brown crown. Its long tail is blackish with white sides, and the underparts are white. The long, curved bill has no casque. Sexes are similar, although the male has a cream-coloured bill, whereas the female's is black with a cream stripe. Immature birds have dark grey upperparts, a cream bill, and a tail with a white tip. Its flight is slow and powerful.

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These birds usually live in pairs or small flocks consisting up to five birds (2 adults and 2-3 juveniles). They are omnivores observed consuming berries, fruits, insects and small lizards.

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In culture

In the Sinhala Language of Sri Lanka, this bird is known as Alu Kadatta' - 'අලු කෑදැත්තා'.

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References

Sri Lanka grey hornbill Wikipedia


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