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06 June 2013 @ 06:00 am
Kitsnaps: Abyssinian Hornbill  

Abyssinian Hornbill
Abyssinian Hornbill
This magnificently ugly fellow is Ted’s nemesis at the zoo. Every time they’ve encountered each other, the hornbill defends his territory like crazy. Ted wasn’t with us when I took this, and the hornbill was showing off mightily for his lady friend, so I got some great pictures. :)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on June 6th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)
Doesn't he have lovely eyelashes!
Catherine: gingerbreadsharpwords on June 6th, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
That was exactly my first reaction! (Why do the ugliest guys get to have the nicest eyelashes?)
kitmizkit on June 6th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
I've read a theory that (human, anyway) males have disproprionatly thick eyelashes to help keep dust and grit out of their eyes while out hunting. Presumably this survival trait helps them to breed even if they're ugly. :)