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City photographers excited as they sight Great Indian Hornbill in Bandipur

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Bandipur: The Great Indian Hornbill, regarded as ‘Flying Tiger’ for its rare sighting, has been sighted in Bandipur, recently.

Mysuru-based wildlife photographers Shivakumar and Madhusudhan who had gone on a safari in Bandipur have sighted the bird in the deep forests. Sharing their joy with Mysoorunews.com, the photographers-duo wondered in excitement whether they could be the first lensmen to spot the bird.

Photo By B Shivakumar

The Great Indian Hornbill is a distinct species of the bird. It’s widely spotted in Uttar Kannada district, particularly in Western Ghats stretch. Dandeli in Uttar Kannada district is the country’s first Hornbill conservation reserve. In Dandeli alone, four species of the bird is found and they are common Grey Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Great Pied Hornbill or Great Indian Hornbill. Great pied hornbill is the largest among these three which can grow up to 4.5 ft in height with a huge wingspan. It is the only hornbill species protected under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Act, in Southern India.

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