SULU HORNBILL

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The rarest and most en­dan­gered hornbill species in the world is the Sulu hornbill (An­thra­co­ceros mon­tani). Ac­cord­ing to a 2018 Mongabay ar­ti­cle writ­ten by Bee Choo Strange, the species, en­demic to the Philip­pines, was dis­cov­ered in 1880. Once a thriv­ing pop­u­la­tion, there are now ap­prox­i­mately only 40 of the Sulu hornbill species alive. The first hornbill ex­tinc­tion recorded was in the Philip­pines, mak­ing con­ser­va­tion­ists de­ter­mined to save the re­main­ing horn­bills in the coun­try. Hornbill species are most threat­ened by habi­tat loss due to de­for­esta­tion and min­ing, based on a 2018 re­port by Rouchelle Din­glasan for GMA News On­line.

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