David Rankin

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Giant Pied Hornbill

Transparent Watercolor

28 x 18 inches

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Of all the birds I have seen over my many years of travel in India, hornbills are one of the most interesting. To protect her young from monitor lizards, snakes, and other predators, the female actually walls herself up in a cavity in a tall tree. During this time in the nesting chamber, the male supplies her and the young with food. Here, he has returned with one of her favorites, fresh figs. India and Asia’s Giant Pied Hornbill is one of the largest hornbills, with very distinctive black and white markings.

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