a field guide to the planet - by Damon Ramsey
Hornbills are large birds, and the swooshing of the wings of some species sounds like an approaching steam train!
Buceros bicornis, 'Great Hornbill' (Keo Seima, Cambodia).
Anthracoceros albirostris, 'Oriental Pied Hornbill' (Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand). The most commonly seen Hornbill throughout south-east Asia.
Rhyticeros undulatus, 'Wreathed/Bar-pouched Hornbill', male (Khao Yai National Park, Thailand). The male has large yellow throat, and sometimes you can see a stripe across this. Found in forest and flying across forest edge and gaps, often in higher altitude areas. Found across south-east Asia south to Java.
Ocyceros gingalensis, 'Ceylon Grey Hornbill' (Kithugala, Sri lanka).
Penelopides manillae, 'Luzon Hornbill' male (Subic Bay, Philippines). Found only in the northern Philippines.
'Luzon Hornbill' female (Subic Bay, Philippines).
Nyctyornis athertoni, 'Blue-bearded Bee-Eater' (Keosimia, Cambodia).
Coracias benghalensis, 'Indian Roller', (Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan).
Alcedo meninting, 'Blue-eared Kingfisher'.
Pelargopsis capensis, 'Stork-billed Kingfisher' (Tanjung Puting National Park, Indonesia). A large and strikingly coloured kingfisher. Usually lives along rivers, throughout tropical Asia, from India, north to to the Philippines and south east to the Lesser Sundas.
Psilopogon faiostrictus, 'Green-eared Barbet', (Baan Maka Lodge, Thailand)
Psilopogon flavifrons, 'Yellow-fronted Barbet' (Kelani, Sri Lanka). Endemic to Sri Lanka.
Psilopogon franklinii, 'Golden-throated Barbet' (Bhutan). Found in hill forest on the south-east Asian mainland.
Dryocopus javensis, 'White-bellied/Great Black Woodpecker' (Keosemia, Cambodia).
Dendrocopos hyperythrus, 'Rufous-bellied Woodpecker' (Bhutan). Found in forest across mainland south-east Asia, from Himalayas, north to China.
Corydon sumatranus, 'Dusky Broadbill' (Jahoo Gibbon Camp, Cambodia).
Loriculus beryllinus, 'Ceylon Hanging Parrot' (Sinharaja, Sri Lanka). Endemic to Sri Lanka.
Psittacula alexandri, 'Red-breasted Parakeet' (Nature Lodge, Cambodia). Found in rainforest across much of south-east Asia.
Psittacula calthrapae, 'Layard's Parakeet'. (Kithugala, Sri Lanka). Endemic breeder to forests and forest edge of Sri Lanka.
Bolbopsittacus lunulatus, 'Guaiabero', (Subic Bay, Philippines).
Pitta moluccensis, 'Blue-winged Pitta' (Thailand).
Hydrornis phayrei, 'Eared Pitta' (Kaeng Krachan, Thailand).
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