Hornbills and palm fruits

posted in: Feeding-plants, Hornbills | 2

KC Tsang took an images of an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) feeding on the fruits of this palm (left). The palm was growing within the compound of the SIA Clubhouse in Singapore. Unfortunately we are unable to identify the palm. So many palm species have been brought into Singapore for horticultural plantings that it is not easy to identify many of them unless they have distinctive parts. We would appreciate if someone could help in this respect.

It is possible that palm fruits are a favourite with the Oriental Pied Hornbills. Earlier KC documented this hornbill eating fruits of the carpentaria palm LINK 1. Another food palm is MacArthur palm (Ptycospermun macarthuri) LINK 2 and LINK 3.

With so many palms being planted all over Singapore, their fruits can become an important factor in sustaining more than the currently small population found on the main island. However, we need more observations on the relationship between this hornbill and the different palms.

KC Tsang
January 2012

2 Responses

  1. Kwek Yan

    Isn’t this the Macarthur palm as well?

    The fruits of the palm in LINK 2, on the other hand, look far too big to be Ptychosperma, may be Carpentaria instead, but can’t be sure without a wider shot of the leaves.

  2. milton

    Talking about palms and hornbills, when I was in lake kenyir(malaysia) 2 years ago, I noticed that the Great hornbills love the fruits of the ubiquitous oil palm there… 🙂

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