Oriental Pied Hornbill foraging like a woodpecker

on 3rd February 2011

“Was at Pasir Ris Park again this evening, and saw this Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) having a feast of caterpillars (I don’t know for sure they are caterpillars, as they were all found under the bark, while I thought caterpillars fed on leaves…?). It spent at least half an hour on one tree, hopping from branch to branch, sometimes vertically up the trunk, inspecting every nook and cranny on the bark that might hold a tasty morsel… and it pretty much hit the jackpot on this particular tree, gulping down an average of one caterpillar(?) every minute!

“Here are two clips, one is a close-up showing it peeling off bark to get at the caterpillar (above), and the other one where it got two caterpillars on one branch within seconds of each other… (below).”

Lena Chow
27th January 2011

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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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