Oriental Pied Hornbill and grasshoppers

on 30th March 2009

In late March 2009, Abiel Neo noticed an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) loitering around The Springside, his residential apartment located near Singapore’s Upper Seletar.

This must be the same bird seen earlier around nearby Transit Road.

“A lone male has been observed frequenting The Springside estate near Upper Seletar. It has a curious habit of travelling down each parallel street looking for food in a sequential and organised way. The main food observed is the very large grasshopper.”

The above images by Abiel Neo show the hornbill manipulating a grasshopper prior to swallowing it (from top left, clockwise).

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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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5 Responses

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  2. Saw an Oriental Pied Hornbill perching on a lampost at Braddell Flyover (CTE towards AYE) at around 7:20 am on 2 Apr 2009.

    I believed it is an Oriental Pied Hornbill as it is all black with yellowish bill and casque. I took only one good look at the bird as I was on the wheel and on the right lane of the expressway. But it is definitely a Hornbill, no doubt about it.

    Wonder whether it is an escapee or production from the wild?

  3. Many OPH have been spotted during the last few years and there are quite a number of breeding pairs on mainland Singapore. It is generally believed that that the original population here originated from escapees.

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