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Indian Peafowl Feathers. Credit: USFWS

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Hornbill “Ivory”
Credit: USFWS.

Hornbill “Ivory”

Common Name: Carved beak of Helmeted Hornbill
Scientific Name: Buceros vigil
Protected Status: US Endangered Species Act - Endangered; CITES - App. I
Laboratory Section: Morphology
What’s the Story? Helmeted Hornbills have an enlarged projection, called a casque, on the front of their beaks. This is composed of dense material which can be finely carved. Trade in such carvings is a threat to the survival of this species, which is found in Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Borneo.


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