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Papuan Hornbill

Papuan Hornbill
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Bali, Indonesia
Date Submitted: 2008-09-01 12:38
Viewed: 5744
Points: 30
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Papuan Hornbill
Aceros plicatus

The Papuan Hornbill, Aceros plicatus, also known as Blyth's Hornbill, or Kokomo in Tok Pisin, is a large, approximately 91cm long, hornbill of forest canopy. The male has golden tan colored head, black plumage, reddish brown iris, pale blue orbital skin and white tail. The female generally is an all black bird with white throat and tail. Both sexes of young birds resemble the male. Adults has up to eight folds on pale casque, while the young has none.

The Papuan Hornbill is found throughout lowland forests of the Moluccas, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, east to the Solomon Islands. The only species of hornbill native to New Guinea, it also one of the largest flying birds of the area. The diet consists mainly of fruits, insects and small animals.

Widespread throughout its large habitat range, the Papuan Hornbill is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

This photo was taken at the Bali Bird Park.

My Bali Travelogue

Call of the Papuan Hornbill


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Wow Manyee,

What a nice portrait shot of this hornbill. Great pose, fine capture, very well done!


Well, now isn't he just wonderful! It is a super crop and presentation. Your choice of border color makes it appear that he is looking through a window and is going to peck at me! It looks almost three dimensional. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-09-01 20:20]

Hola Manyee. Posing just for You eh? Great image, I like it. Very sharp and fine clors.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-09-01 22:44]

Hi Manyee, this Hornbill looks as if it is a mask - you show it so sharply and clearly. I love its eyes.
How great to be able to see it so closely in the Bird Park like this.
And what a strange noise it makes - thank you for that link.

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2008-09-01 22:50]


What an unusual bird!
The detail and sharpness are great, with a contrasting BG.


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-09-01 23:12]

intresting portrait!
amazing creature.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-09-02 0:26]

Hello Manyee,
So beautifil capture!
Excellent details and colors. Very good composition and nice BG, DOF and POV!
Regards and TFS,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-02 10:48]

Hello Manyee,
What a wonderful portrait of this Hornbill. Beautiful colours and very good sharp details. Unusual, but good OOF BG. Nice composition.
Kind regards,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-03 0:44]

Hi ManYee

Ha, what a sight for sore eyes. I bet this guy thinks he's the greatest looker and a blessing to all female Papuan Hornbill's. Well, who knows? Maybe he is or maybe he isn't, but you sure did a fine job to make him look at his very best. I just love that multicoloured eye. Excellent exposure control and nice sharp details.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Manyee.
Wow, some birds sure have odd looks. This one sure has character.Be nice to see it out in the wild too.
Glad you shared this.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-07 10:37]

Hello Manyee! Great subject again with great details, the flash is maybe a bit too harsh but it's still a great portrait of that bird! Thanks!


Hi Manyee,

A very nice capture of this hornbill. Excellent color & detail. Well done & TFS.



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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-10-05 5:22]

Hi Manyee,

Great portrait picture of this bird
Great color, DOF, lighting and background


Hornbills are right up there in my favorites after toucans and this capture is really great showing off the head attributes very nicely. Well captured
Paul :)

Hello Manyee
I wonder how much gold lipstick they used to prepare this birdís beak for the photo session.
Just joking! This bird is a real show-off with its beautiful colours.That beak is truly something special and it really looks as if it was polished beforehand. The textures and linings are interesting to look at, almost as if it was hand carved. Further it has the most fascinating coloured rings around the eyes, not to mention the stylish feather-do. A real elegant bird which you have captured with preciseness bringing out all the style it has. Thanks for sharing.

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