13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
A lone hornbill.
Somewhere in a village in Sabak Bernam Selangor, Malaysia, hornbills live side by side with humans.
How come wild birds can live side by side with the villagers?
The birds migrated from the nearby Sungai Karang forest reserve to nest in clay jars and urns placed outside the houses of the villagers.
Is this a true story..?
Yes..! it is true.
Hornbills are wild birds that live in the tropical forest or jungle of Malaysia.
But when their habitats are being disturbed and destroyed,… they decided to fly in to settle with the villagers.
The hornbills first flew into the village about seven years ago, but mostly elusive and perched on trees. However once they became familiar with the surroundings and the village folks, they started flying onto the compound of the houses.
In the beginning some villagers try to kill the hornbills for its medicinal value or just angry to the noise they made. But when Prof Ahmad Ismail from Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM gives regular conservation talks in protecting the birds from extinction, the responses from the villagers are very encouraging!
And maybe this is the only place in the world, in Malaysia, where humans live side by side with wild hornbills!
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||Nov. 30, 2015, 9:57 a.m.