Dibrugarh, May 27, 2019
Countering the ill effects of deforestation, a remote village in Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh is setting an example for others to follow as they have started conserving and creating an ideal habitat for the oriental pied hornbill.
The villagers of Tepchalim Bam, a small hamlet in Upper Assam’s Moran town, has formed a community conservation organization ‘Heuj’ and are working towards the conservation of the birds. The village is now home to more than 20-odd great pied hornbills.
“It’s a sense of great joy to see the birds flying across the green and serene suburbs. My campaign started with providing medical aid to the injured hornbills. Later, the villagers actively participated in the conservation campaign. Initially, there were only 10 nests, now it has increased to 20,” said Bharat Bora, a nature lover while feeding a hornbill whom he fondly addresses as ‘Sunsuni’.
“The bird population goes up in the month of June and July, when they come in search of food. We had organised awareness campaigns. The locals here are now quite comfortable and do not shoo away the birds. The villagers plant fruit trees for the birds,” added Bora.
The oriental pied hornbill is an Indo-Malayan pied hornbill, a large canopy-dwelling bird belonging to the Bucerotidae family. The species is considered to be among the smallest and most common of the Asian hornbills. Their diet includes fruit, insects and small reptiles.