Luzon Hornbill

Tarictic

One of the things I like about the natural sciences is that it requires all of your senses to be able to observe the diversity of every single being and every little thing. In ornithology, for instance, a different color pattern may indicate a variation within the species, such is the case of the Luzon Hornbill, otherwise known as Luzon tarictic hornbill. At first glance or when seen by an untrained eye, this species from the Bucerotidae family looks just like other hornbill relatives from the genus Penelopides;  sometimes it can also be mistaken as the more popular Rufous hornbill. The difference between the two, however, is the shade of the feathers. Kalaw (local name for Rufous hornbill) normally has bright red feathers while the tarictic has a mixture of white and black (all white feathers for females).

Another interesting thing about the Luzon hornbill aside from it is common in the Luzon area *ehem* obviously *ehem*, is that it is still divided into two subspecies which are native in the islands of Polillo and Patnanongan in the province of Quezon.

Observation is always a basic skill in scientific research and development, hence, schools should encourage its students in participating in simple field works. These will help kids to awaken their scientific interest and pursue a career in science — specifically in the field of biology. Who knows, maybe these kids will stop the rapid pace of climate change and stop endangering these species.

P.S.

To hear the hornbill’s distinctive call, visit http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Penelopides-manillae

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