The Tripura government has planned to host an event on the lines of Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival.
The two-day festival will be held from February 8 in Baramura Hills or Hathai Kotor in West district to boost tourism.
The Hornbill Festival is held every December at the Naga heritage village of Kisama, nearly 12km from Kohima.
It aims to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its traditions. The day is marked by cultural performances by various communities.
“Beautiful sighting has become very common nowadays in the Hathai Kotor (Baramura Hills), where two days Hornbill Festival is taking place on coming 8th-9th February to preserve this wild bird that is facing the threat of extinction. #IncredibleTripura”, chief minister Biplab Deb tweeted recently.
Over 300 hornbills are spotted across the state. They belong to the Oriental pied hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) species. Forest officials conduct awareness camps in the villages about the birds.
The Tripura forest officials have set up a Hornbill viewpoint at Baramura hills where papaya and other fruit-bearing trees have been grown for the birds.