A male Great Hornbill (Photograph by Tim Laman)Hornbills have been dubbed “Farmers of the Forest" and here’s why: "Hornbills are large birds and require immense areas of forest to find enough fruit to sustain themselves. In the process, they provide an invaluable service to many species of trees, transporting the seeds contained in their fruit far from the “mother tree” so that they can germinate. Hornbills swallow smaller seeds, which pass through their systems undigested and are deposited in feces on the forest floor. They regurgitate larger seeds after working the flesh loose in their stomachs. Although other animals also disperse the seeds of rainforest trees, hornbills are among the most effective because they travel widely and do not destroy seeds by chewing them, as do many mammals, or by grinding them up in their gizzards, like many birds." (Excerpt from Hooked On Hornbills)

A male Great Hornbill (Photograph by Tim Laman)

Hornbills have been dubbed “Farmers of the Forest" and here’s why:

"Hornbills are large birds and require immense areas of forest to find enough fruit to sustain themselves. In the process, they provide an invaluable service to many species of trees, transporting the seeds contained in their fruit far from the “mother tree” so that they can germinate. Hornbills swallow smaller seeds, which pass through their systems undigested and are deposited in feces on the forest floor. They regurgitate larger seeds after working the flesh loose in their stomachs. Although other animals also disperse the seeds of rainforest trees, hornbills are among the most effective because they travel widely and do not destroy seeds by chewing them, as do many mammals, or by grinding them up in their gizzards, like many birds." (Excerpt from Hooked On Hornbills)

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