Hornbills in peril

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Walking through the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary on a misty morning is a cherishing experience. Pushing through the bed of grass bathed in morning mist, hearing the melancholic strains of the Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldi), one can spend a solitary morning in communion with nature. The reverie, however, might be shortlived as one is startled by the cacaphony from the canopy a few metres above. Looking skywards, one can spot the Malabar Grey hornbills (Ocyceros griseus), their deep cries reverberate through the forest. Our tribal tracker Basuvan