Malabar Gray Hornbill Ocyceros griseus

Divya Mudappa and T. R. Shankar Raman
Version: 2.0 — Published July 9, 2020

Priorities for Future Research

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Priorities for Future Research

Some of the priorities for future research are:

1. Identifying the causes of population declines that are being observed, including through continued monitoring of forest cover, fragmentation, and habitat quality;

2. Demography and further estimates of population densities in the species' strongholds;

3. Studies of the species' non-breeding season habitat and diet through fruit tree watches and systematically documenting all behavioral observations related to feeding;

4. Studies of seed dispersal; and

5. Ranging patterns and site fidelity of males and females through the year using radio-telemetry.

6. Genetic studies to establish social versus genetic monogamy; population-level connectedness and differentiation, especially north and south of the Palghat Gap; genetic diversity within and across sub-populations.

Recommended Citation

Mudappa, D. and T. R. S. Raman (2020). Malabar Gray Hornbill (Ocyceros griseus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.maghor2.02