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How do hornbills pluck bats out of the air?

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This video is not for those who love cute little bats or who might be sensitive about witnessing a hunt. But for those who want to see the omnivorous oriental pied hornbill‘s binocular vision and precision beakwork, this clip from the BBC’s Eden: Untamed Planet may prove fascinating.

While the Wallace’s hawk-eagle has three-inch-long talons to help them catch bats in mid-flight, the hornbills of Malaysia have found that sitting in the trees plucking bats out of the air is a more effective strategy for their traits.

“Only now has the full behavior been caught on camera. Of all 54 species of hornbill, the oriental pied has the most diverse diet.”

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