KM Sim’s images of the Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) were photographed in Singapore’s Japanese Garden in September 2010.
The bird was documented catching a praying mantis. The two sharp points of the massive mandibles that make up the bill act as a pair of forceps that delicately picked up the insect by its legs (above left). With a slight flick of the hornbill’s head it sent insect down its throat headfirst.
In the case of the green beetle, it was picked up by its body, flicked up and swallowed, again headfirst (left).
A wide range of fruits taken by hornbills have been documented in Thailand. In Singapore, they have been photographed eating