The decline in the number of hornbills is not owing to hunting by tribes, but owing to deforestation, according to Amitha Bachan of the Thrissur-based Hornbill Foundation.
He was speaking at a seminar, ‘Speaking Experience in Conservation’, organised by the Forests and Wildlife Dept as part of the International Day of Forest and Tribes, here on Friday.
“Vazhachal and Parambikulam forest areas are the most important habitats of the three major kinds of hornbills in Kerala. Each hornbill represents 250 hectares of forest. Their decline is owing to loss of primary forest habits, deforestation, plantation and logging of old trees and not because of the hunting by tribes,” Amitha Bachan said, adding that Kadar tribal groups had helped identify the hornbill nesting trees in these areas.