The hornbill bird species today, especially here in Borneo are facing a great threat that makes is harder for the birds to nest and breed.

Artificial Hollows to Save Hornbills

The Need

The hornbill bird species today, especially here in Borneo are facing a great threat that makes is harder for the birds to nest and breed.

These birds nest in tree cavities and yet, despite their large bill and casque (the helmet-like structure that sits on their bill), they are unable to create tree cavities themselves. The species relies on other animals such as woodpeckers and sun bears to create cavities, which the hornbills later occupy. Many large cavity-bearing trees in the region have been removed as a result of logging and agricultural expansion. For example, Kinabatangan (Malaysian Borneo) is a regenerating forest that is home to eight species of hornbills. The forest is rich with fig trees but lacks cavity-bearing trees.Ravinder Kaur

Our Involvement

National Geographic marked 2018 the ‘Year of the Bird’ and we hope to play our part towards protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. BEST Society together with Sukau Rainforest Lodge (SRL) took a step forward through the creation of artificial nest box by Helson Hassan for the conservation of hornbill populations. The box has been installed on a tree, Mallotus muticus at SRL earlier this month.

The Impact

This is not the first of its kind. We hope for this to be another conservation success in saving Borneo’s hornbills. Just like in 2013, five artificial nest boxes were set up along the river in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Reserve courtesy of a local NGO and its partners. Four years later, a pair of rhinoceros hornbills nested in the box and managed to successfully raise a chick until it fledged. This represents the FIRST EVER wild pair of rhinoceros hornbills to nest in an artificial nest box.

The Godfather of Biodiversity, Thomas Lovejoy once said, “If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world.

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