Samar Tarictic Hornbills

Samar Tarictic Hornbills (Penelopides samarensis)

The Samar Tarictic Hornbills (Penelopides samarensis), or simply Samar Hornbill, occur naturally in forests on the islands of Samar, Calicoan, Leyte, and Bohol in the east-central Philippines.

As is the case with all Philippine tarictic hornbills, it has been considered a subspecies of Visayan Tarictic hornbills (Penelopides panini). Alternatively, it is considered a subspecies of the Mindanao Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides affinis).

Closeup Image of Samar Tarictic Hornbills
Closeup Image of Samar Tarictic Hornbills

The Walsrode Bird Park in Germany is the only place where the bird can be seen outside the Philippines. They have only one male.

Diet / Feeding

Their diet consists mainly of fruits, figs, and insects.

Nesting / Breeding

The female Samar Tarictic Hornbill seals itself inside a tree hole for egg-laying. During this time, the male and helpers will provide food for the female and the young.

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