Oriental Pied Hornbill takes a flower bud

on 30th November 2015

Ananth Ramasamy’s image of an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) was photographed in Singapore’s Pasir Ris Park. It showed a male hornbill about to pluck a flower bud of the Flame of the Forest (Delonix regia).

Hornbills are omnivorous, taking plants as well as animals for food. But do they take flower buds?

According to Kemp (2001), almost all hornbills are omnivorous. This means that they take plant as well as animal food. And in the case of the Indian Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros birostris), it takes flower petals, although rarely. Similarly, Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) takes flowers and buds, again also rarely.

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

Ananth Ramasamy
November 2015

Kemp, A. C. (2001). Family Bucerotidae (Hornbills). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.). Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 6. Mousebirds to Hornbi

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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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