MOMS FEATHERY FRIDAY
We’re off to the country of India to meet our last amazing animal mom! It is Feathery Friday, so that means this mom is a bird! These unusual and beautiful birds work hard with their males to make sure chicks are safe and sound. We’re going into the rainforest, so grab your bug repellant and let’s meet this mom!
MEET THE GREAT INDIAN HORNBILL!
Diet: Omnivore: figs, reptiles, frogs
Length/Weight: up to 5 ft/ up to 6 ½ lbs
Conservation Status: Lower risk
- Great Indian Hornbills live in the canopy of the rainforest.
- They are large birds with magnificent bills and casks on top of the bills.
- Great Indian Hornbills build nests in the hollow of a tree.
- They seal off the opening of the nest with mud, except for a small hole.
- Great Indian Hornbill males feed the female through the small hole.
- She stays in the enclosed nest until the chick hatches, for about 3 months.
- Once the chick hatches, mom breaks out and then reseals the opening for another month, feeding the chick through a small hole.
We met some amazing moms this week and now we have a bird that seals itself into a tree to incubate its egg! That is crazy! Thank goodness there is a male around to feed her nibbles while she hangs out! Way to go Great Indian Hornbills!
We hope you enjoyed our moms week and that you are able to give your mom a big hug for all that she does for you!