|A dark silhouette in the sky|
|The Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros Rhinoceros)|
You see, once the pair has mated the female then proceeds to lay her eggs in the hollow cavity of a tree. Once inside, the male begins to imprison her, forming a wall around the entrance to the nest leaving but a small opening which the male uses to pass food to the female in order to raise the young. Once inside, the female often goes through a moult and looses most of her feathers, why they do this, I have no idea but this means that, should the male abandon the female during anytime of the chick-rearing process she will not only be unable to escape from her maternal prison, even if she could her feathers would be ill-equipped to protect her from the elements. Now that's trust for you! Fortunately males seldom abandon their mates and the only reason this happens is often because males are often caught, hunted or killed by predators.
|Male feeding female in nest.|
To Malaysians, this bird possesess some cultural significance. Generally accepted as the natural bird of Malaysia its likeness often graces many tourism advertisements promoting the country and is even featured prominently in the state crest of Sarawak where many of the natives consider the bird to be a manifestation of their War God, "Singalang Burong". Personally, I just feel that they are like many of Mother Nature's wonderful creations a great addition to the already rich biodiversity of our country and yet another pressing reason to preserve the rainforests which are so abundant and yet, are getting lesser and lesser every day.