Oriental Pied Hornbills and the crow

on 28th September 2011

Peter CL Ng photographed the confrontation between the Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) and a crow at Potong Pasir, Singapore on the morning of 26th September 2011. The pair of hornbills were perching on a television antenna atop a block of Housing Development Board’s apartment (left). Perching a little distance away was a crow (below left).

Apparently the crow was the regular user of the antenna but this time there was a pair of intruding hornbills. Being outnumbered as well as outsized, the only thing it could do was watch helplessly. Soon the crow flew off to a nearby Civil Defense Siren where it perched at the top of the installation mast.

The pair of hornbills flew over to join the crow, perching on the loudspeakers below (above centre). But not for long. Withing less than ten seconds the male hornbill flew up and chased the crow away (above right).

Peter CL Ng
September 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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