Following the collapse of the old albezia tree (Paraserianthes falcataria) at Eng Neo, the pair of females, Great ( Buceros bicronis) and Rhinoceros Hornbills (Buceros rhinoceros), has moved to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The pair was indulging in courtship rituals around the old cavity nearly every day during 2006-7.
Both hornbills have now found a new cavity at Bukit Timah to continue with their rituals. They are roosting together nightly in a nearby albezia tree, whereas previously they were roosting at separate locations.
Besides figs, they were seen feeding on the fruits of belinjau (Gnetum gnemon) (left, Rhinoceros Hornbill at belinjau tree courtesy of Hornbill Project, Singapore.
Mohd. Fauzy b Mos, Marc Cremades, Lai Huimin, Sunia Teo, Sadali b Mohd. Tali & Ng Soon Chye. Re-introduction of the Rhinoceros Hornbill (Buceros bicronis) into Singapore (2009). Paper presented at the 5th Intn. Hornbill Conference, Singapore March 2009.