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Devoted Hornbill Delivers Food To Mate | Planet Earth III | BBC Earth

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  • Introduction to Video Content
  • In this video, titled "Devoted Hornbill Delivers Food To Mate," from the series Planet Earth III by BBC Earth, we witness the remarkable dedication of a female hornbill during the nesting period. The female hornbill has transformed a tree hole into a secure fortress to protect herself and her soon-to-be hatched chicks from predators. To ensure her safety, she pulls out her flight feathers and seals herself inside the tree hole with the help of her partner, who brings her mud to reinforce the barrier. While she remains confined, her partner takes on the responsibility of providing all her food for the next two months. Although it may appear that he is doing all the work, the female hornbill has been occupied as well. Thanks to the food brought by her partner, she is able to lay two precious eggs and incubate them for about six weeks until they hatch. Once the young hornbills have grown and fledged, they will all break free from their confinement. Until then, this devoted couple will continue to be very busy taking care of their nest and ensuring the survival of their offspring.
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  • She has turned the tree hole into a predator proof fortress.
  • Nesting is a dangerous time for any bird.
  • The hole in this tree trunk will provide vital protection.
  • Just what she wants.
  • Once settled inside, the female does something truly bizarre.
  • She pulls out her flight feathers.
  • She is not going to need them because she will be staying in here for quite some time.
  • Now her partner brings her a beakful of mud.
  • And she begins to seal herself in.
  • She has turned the tree hole into a predator proof fortress.
  • But it's also...
  • a prison.
  • Her partner, however, is a regular visitor.
  • For the next two months, he will deliver all her food directly to her door.
  • It may seem that he has been doing all the work, but she, too, has been fully occupied.
  • The food he has brought has enabled her to produce two precious eggs.
  • She will keep them safe for another six weeks, until the young have grown and fledged.
  • and then both she and they will break out of their confinement.
  • But until then, this devoted couple are going to be very busy indeed.