Kindred Species

Today on my Twitter feed, I saw this test that Gisele Bündchen, a famous supermodel, had taken on and she was kindred species with a turtle.

So I decided to take the test and found that I was kindred species with the… wait for it… Helmeted Hornbill (HH). Quite frankly, I was abit disappointed. I had hoped to be a ferocious tiger or a sweet elephant or an orangatun… You know… But this was my opportunity to learn and share about the HH.

A few interesting facts include:

Helmeted_Hornbilli. It is found in places like Thailand, Malasyia, Brunei, Indonesia, Sinagapore, Sumatra and Borneo (Dream travel destinations)

ii.This species has a bare, wrinkled throat patch, pale blue to greenish in females and red in males.

iii. The body length is 110–120 cm (43–47 in)- Almost a whole tapemeasure.

iv. It is hunted for the casque which is the  extended bone like structure on it’s head (Like a helmet). The casque accounts for 11% of its weight. (That is heavy) .

v. According to this study, the Punan-Bah (a community) believe that a large HH guards the river between life and death.


vi. It is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List . This is because,it’s casque which is ‘highly priced’ and is ‘ heavily targeted by hunters and illegally traded’.

For more on the Helmeted Hornbill, please visit: BirdLife International

So, what is your kindred species? Please take the quiz on and feel free to share your species in the comment section below. 🙂



6 thoughts on “Kindred Species

  1. […] We all are interconnected. We all have special abilities that can contribute towards saving the environment. We all can be heroes in our special little ways. Some could plant trees, others could recycle, others could reduce the amount of water they use, others could stop littering, all of us need to stop buying products from endangered species… […]


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