I had always wondered what “Writhed” means whenever the name of this species came up in the past. I thought it was a name of an English discoverer, but lately I have known that the names means “Wrinkled.”
I was also surprise to find out that this bird is also called Mindanao Wrinkled Hornbill in reference to its wrinkled horn bill. This other name would have easily made me understand and relate to the species as the Philippines’ own wrinkled hornbill, better if it is known as Philippine Wrinkled Hornbill.
Birdlife has listed the Writhed Hornbill as “Near Threatened” as it is likely to be declining moderately rapidly owing to habitat loss, as well as exploitation by hunters and trappers. Its population size could be small, as it is largely restricted to primary forest, and it should be carefully monitored. It also described it as poorly known and rare.
Seeing the critically endangered Philippine Eagles in the wild and nesting is glorious enough! Seeing the near threatened Writhed Hornbill in the same area doubles the glory one can behold in that old growth forest where the similarly near threatened Rufous Hornbill can be seen and photographed.
WRITHED HORNBILL, Male, Philippine Endemic restricted to the islands of Mindanao, Dinagat and Camiguin, Near Threatened, at Mt. Apo Natural Park, March 2014… Canon EOS 7D + EF 600mm f/4L USM + Benro Tripod and GH-2 Gimbal Head… 1/640, f/4, iso800, Aperture Priority +1/3, Partial Metering, www.facebook.com/