The conference brought together such hornbill luminaries like Alan and Meg Kemp, Pilai Poonswad, Margaret F Kinnaird, Timothy G. O’Brien and a host of hornbill researchers from around the world.
More than 50 papers and posters were presented in addition to three keynote papers. The subjects include the status and distribution of hornbills, their ranging behaviour, research techniques, conservation aspects, threats to their existence and feeding as well as breeding behaviour. In addition, the team from the Singapore Hornbill Project, led by Marc Cremades, presented their findings after more than two years of meticulous research on the local Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) in the offshore island of Pulau Uban and the Jurong BirdPark. In particular, their presentation on the high-tech nesting box, where monitoring can be made 24 hours a day, got the total attention of participants.
This conference covers the research undertaken on hornbills from around Asia and Africa since the last conference five years ago.
The Bird Ecology Study Group is proud to be associated with this international hornbill conference.
(Image by Jac Lau)