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).