Blyth's hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), also known as the Papuan hornbill, inhabits the forest canopy in Melanesia – the region comprising the countries of Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. The common name commemorates Edward Blyth (1810–1873), English zoologist and Curator of the Museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. The male has golden tan coloured head, black plumage, reddish brown iris, pale blue orbital skin and white tail. The female generally is an all black bird with white throat and tail. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, especially figs, occasionally supplemented with insects and other small animals.
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