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Some species nest in crevices or burrows, a few in trees. Many are colonial, with
aggregations run- Breeding ning to over a million pairs. Sex reversal, in which
the habits of female is more brightly coloured than the male and takes shorebirds
In some (perhaps most) horn- in of the bills, however, the female enters the nest
cavity before female laying starts; the male brings mud and debris, which the
hornbill female takes and plasters around the entrance until only a slit is left.
Tara, the saviouress, is a closely related and much more popular figure who has
often been taken to be the female counterpart of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
In China and Japan Avalokitesvara himself gradually assumed a female form.
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