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India plans to showcase Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival at G20

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    26th Nov, 2022

Context

India plans to showcase Nagaland’s famous Hornbill Festival when it assumes the G20 presidency on December 1.

About

The Hornbill Festival:

  • The Hornbill Festival is celebrated in Nagalandto encourage inter-tribal interaction.
  • The festival is celebrated annuallyin the first week of December to preserve, protect and revive the uniqueness and richness of the Naga heritage.
  • The festival is considered the“Festival of Festivals” in Nagaland.

 About the Hornbill Species:

  • They are a family of bird found in tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia and Melanesia.
  • They are characterized by a long, down-curved bill which is frequently brightly coloured and sometimes has a casque on the upper mandible.
  • They are the only birds in which the first and second neck vertebrae (the atlas and axis respectively) are fused together.
  • The family is omnivorous, feeding on fruit and small animals.
  • They are monogamous breeders nesting in natural cavities in trees and sometimes cliffs.
  • Protection Status:
    • Threatened in India
    • Extinct in South Asia
    • IUCN Status: Vulnerable

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