Oriental Pied Hornbill in courtship feeding?

on 11th February 2009

Prof Cheong Loong Fah photographed a pair of Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) at Tan Teo Seng’s fruit farm in Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia showing a pair, possibly in the act of courtship feeding.

“Based on the plumage and the frayed tail feathers, the bird above appears to be an adult female. The one below (in flight) is an adult male, based on plumage and the larger casque” says R Subaraj, our bird specialist.

It is possible that the birds are indulging in courtship feeding. According to Loong Fah, everything happened so fast that he had no idea what the birds were doing.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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