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Palawan Hornbill

Scientific Name: Anthracoceros marchei
Local Name: Talusi (Palawan, Tagbanua)

Conservation Status: This species is classified by the IUCN as Vulnerable, in which its population was estimated to be reduced at least 20% for the past 10 years, and would continue for another 20% for the next 10 years based on a decline in area of occupancy, extent of occurrence, and/or habitat quality; as well as excessive levels of exploitation. Anthracoceros marchetIts population was also estimated to number less than 10,000 mature individuals with a continuous decline of at least 10% within ten years. This means that in the next century (100 years), the species would be extinct. Trade is controlled in order to avoid utilization incompatible with their survival under CITES Appendix 2.

An uncommon species found in forest and forest edge staying mostly within the canopy.

It is an endemic species restricted and found only in the Palawan Faunal Region. It has been recorded in the islands of Balabac, Busuanga, Calauit, Culion, Coron, and on the Mainland.

The species is reported to travel in small noisy groups or in pairs, with a communal roosting site. It feeds on fruits, insects, and small reptiles.

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