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Great Hornbills
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     content words:    Southeast Asian


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Great Hornbills   

1     Great hornbills are among the most unique-looking bird species in the world. Their other name, Indian hornbills, implies that we can find them in India. But their residences actually extend to several Southeast Asian countries. They are found in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar (formally known as Burma), and Malaysia. Living in forests, great hornbills have eye-catching yellow helmets (or casques) that extend from the top of their heads to the middle of their large, strong, downward-curving bills. Their faces and chins are black. Their necks and the back of their heads are yellowish-white. Their feathery coats are black with white wingtips. As if their appearance is not extraordinary enough, great hornbills also have a wide stripe of black across the center of their all-white tails.
 
2     Great hornbills measure about five feet long. They weigh around six pounds. Fruits are their favorite food. They also supplement their diet with lizards, snakes, insects, mice, and other small animals.
 
3     Great hornbills are slow but powerful fliers. When they are in flight, they make loud, swooshing sounds. Male and female great hornbills look alike. But telling them apart is relatively easy, so long as you look closely. Male great hornbills have a black trim between their casques and their bills. Females do not. Also, male great hornbills have black-rimmed red irises. Female great hornbills have red-rimmed white irises.

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