Dead Rufous-necked Hornbill in Mehao wildlife sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh

Rohit Naniwadekar
This individual was shot by a group of young educated men

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Its dependence on large trees for feeding and nesting makes it especially susceptible to deforestation and habitat degradation through logging, shifting cultivation and clearance for agriculture. These problems are compounded by widespread hunting and trapping for food, and trade in pets and casques.

Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis) has been classified as ‘Vulnerable’ by IUCN. Populations of this species have already been exterminated from east Nepal and large parts of Vietnam. One of the primary causes of its population decline is hunting. Logging large trees — like this — for timber and agriculture is another major threat. This individual was shot by a group of young educated men which included a teacher and administrative staff from Roing inside the Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh.

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