In remote forests in southeast Asia, a spectacular bird with a solid keratin casque nests in the cavities of old-growth trees. Sadly, their unique, ivory-like casques have spurred a wave of poaching that has led to a conservation status of Critically Endangered. “Hunting Helmeted Hornbills” follows wildlife photojournalist, Tim Laman and hornbill conservationist, Yoki Hadiprakarsa in their efforts to photograph and film the natural history of a courting pair of hornbills and then (go beyond) to reveal the scale of poaching facing the species.
This video was produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in collaboration with National Geographic Magazine and Rangkong Indonesia as part of a multi-media effort to raise international awareness about the plight of the Helmeted Hornbill.
Photography & Videography :
Tim Laman/Cornell Lab of Ornithology