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Huge Chinese Demand Pushing Helmeted Hornbills Toward Extinction

Helmeted hornbills are a bird that is native to Myanmar, Thailand, Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula. The helmet-like structure on the bird’s head, called a “casque,” accounts for about 10 percent of its total weight and is often used by males during head-to-head combat. Unfortunately, the casque is the source of hornbill ivory, a ...

Jessica Kneipp

The head of a helmeted hornbill.