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 GREAT INDIAN HORNBILLS IN PERIL The most prominent feature of the great hornbill is its very large bill, which bears a sizable, bright yellow and black coloured, concave, horny growth – the casque. Though its bill looks quite heavy, is actually very light; it is made up of thin-walled hollow cells. The casque serves no known purpose, except sexual attraction. The back of the casque is reddish in females, while the underside of the front and back of the casque is black in males.  Unlike others birds, hornbills have highly pneumatised bones, with hollow air cavities extending to the tips of the wing bones.   DIPANJAN GHOSH

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