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Oriental Pied Hornbills are getting common in urban Singapore

on 7th November 2015

Of late there have been regular sightings of the Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) in Singapore’s urban areas. These are signs that these hornbills are becoming common, thanks to the success of nesting boxes placed in selected locations.

On 27th July 2015, Dr Jean Ho sighted a male moving about in a tree looking for something (video above, image below-left). There was a small bird chirping and she thought “maybe it was wondering where its lunch was hiding?”

On 16th September, Yap Kim Fatt spotted a pair flying and hopping from tree to tree at Commonwealth Close (above-right). It was a hazy afternoon and the sky was dark and dull. “It was my first sighting here,” wrote Kim Fatt. “The photo was taken with my Samsung WB150F, idiot-proof camera.”

And on 23rd October, Estela Acierto photographed a pair checking a bunch of bananas in a garden along Dunearn Road. Disappointed that the bananas were still green, the hornbills flew off to the compost lot and one of them pecked into a dried Luffa fruit (Luffa aegyptica) (above). Not sure whether it was after the ripened seed.

Credit: Dr Jean Ho, Yap Kim Fatt & Estela Acierto.

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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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