Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
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Hornbill Bird
Upper Sepik, Manam Island, "Murik Lakes" Region, Papua New Guinea
Image of a hornbill bird on a wooden platform or pole. Vertical wooden poles of the exterior of a house in the background.

Only 44 species of hornbills are known in the tropical Old World. PNG has only one, Blyth's hornbill, Kokomo, Rhyticeros plicatus. It lives throughout the lowlands, feeding mostly on fruit. It is a large bird of 80 cm (about 36 inches) with a huge conical bill. Nests are made in a tree hollow into which a female is sealed for the duration of an incubation period. She is fed through a slit opening by the male until the seal is broken. In front of a well—constructed log house, the Kokomo sits on the ledge of the first floor. On the islands off the Upper Sepik River, in the Murik Lakes region, a Kokmo is called a Yamuk. Because they mate for life, villagers consider them good luck for their marriages.
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