India plans to showcase Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival at G20
Polity & Governance
26th Nov, 2022
India plans to showcase Nagaland’s famous Hornbill Festival when it assumes the G20 presidency on December 1.
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