Asia’s great hornbill Buceros bicornis. Photo by: Shumpei Kitamura.
Hornbills are big and beautiful birds, but they are also key species in Asia’s fragmented rainforests. As long distance seed-dispersers, hornbills are able to connect tree populations from one fragmented forest to another. While hornbills are vital to rainforest diversity, they face a wide variety of threats including hunting for meat, forest loss, and the pet trade.
To read more about hornbills: How hornbills keep Asian rainforests healthy and diverse, an interview with Shumpei Kitamura.