Oriental Pied Hornbills at Singapore’s Chinese Garden

on 12th February 2010

On 26th January 2009, Mark G photographed three Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) feasting in a fig tree (Ficus benjamina) outside the Jurong Chinese Garden (above). The hornbills typically picked a fig at the tip of its bill, tossed it into the air to catch it in its mouth. This is how it deals with small figs. The hornbills remained for more than an hour and returned the next few days.

Earlier on 18th January, Kenneth Lumb similarly saw the three hornbills (above). Unlike Mark, Kenneth was surprised to encounter hornbills on mainland Singapore.

Yes, Oriental Pied Hornbills are relatively common in certain areas on mainland Singapore – see HERE. At the last count, there are more than 50 birds in Singapore, of which about 20 can be seen on the mainland, the rest on Pulau Ubin. Check out this LINK to read what is being done to increase the population of these large and impressive birds in Singapore.

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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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4 Responses

  1. Very interesting record!

    I’m wondering about the source of these birds; whether they were dispersals from the wild population in Ubin and Changi, the feral population of hybrid origin from central Singapore, or the the family that was reintroduced to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

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