efe-epaYangon, Myanmar

Poaching and deforestation in Myanmar threaten the habitat of the great hornbill, a toucan-like bird highly sought after by illegal traders for its unique bill, environmental activists in the Southeast Asian nation warned Thursday.

The Burmese government declared the bird (Buceros bicornis) a protected and threatened species in March, but poachers are still hunting for the animal, which can reach a length of 130cm (51 inches) and weigh up to four kilograms.FE-EPA