Ruma Umari, a Wanang paraecologist and entomologist, rearing insects from fruits gathered from the Wanang Conservation Area. Photo: Binatang Research Centre


Budhiram Tai, the Gaon-Burrah (village head) of Darlong, holds an artificial byopa (traditional headgear worn by Nyishi men). A byopa used to be carved out of the great hornbill’s casque until the Wildlife Trust of India popularized the artificial variety.


Wreathed hornbills fly across the hillsides of Darlong village.


The dense tropical rainforest of Pakke Tiger Reserve, as seen from a vantage point on the way to the Dikhroi anti-poaching camp.


Rasham Brah of Darlong village, his wife Devi Brah, and a village child gathered around a traditional hearth. Such a traditional kitchen, with its central open oven, is a mainstay of Nyishi identity.


Courting wreathed hornbill pair photographed within Pakke Tiger Reserve.


Rasham Brah walks with Bokunto, an orphaned elephant calf, along the Lalling River inside Pakke Tiger Reserve.


The talons of a crested serpent eagle hangs from the wooden ceiling of Nyubu Hissang’s namlo (traditional Nyishi house).


Tajik Tachang, a local project coordinator of the Hornbill Nest Adoption Project, jokingly mentions how his son, Michael, aspires to be a hornbill when he grows up.


Late Hissang, the Nyubu (Nyishi priest), fans himself with the feathers of a crested serpent eagle. He wears a byopa on his head and his machete is hilted with the teeth set of a clouded leopard. (Rasham Brah reads in the background.)