From April 24 to 26, 2013, the 6th International Hornbill Conference was held in Manila, Philippines. More than 100 participants from all over the world gathered to give presentations about their work and discuss about the conservation of these beautiful birds.
Organized by the Hornbill Research Foundation together with the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) and the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation (PBCFI), the three day event was held at the AIM conference center in Makati.
Twenty seven scientific presentations as well as several posters and workshops were conducted.
William Oliver of PBCFI presented the re-launching of the Philippine Hornbills Conservation Program. Hornbill conservation is especially important in the Philippines, where not only are there 10 species of hornbill, more than any other country in the world, but 7 of these are threatened with extinction (two are critically endangered according to the IUCN Red List). In fact, one subspecies, the Ticao Hornbill (Penelopides panini ticaensis) is believed to be the first ever hornbill to have gone extinct due to human related pressures.