Oriental Pied Hornbill – social group

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OPH [AmarSingh]

“While out cycling early this morning we came across Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris convexus) twice in two different locations; quite a surprise as they are uncommon in the city.

“The first was a social group of 5 that were travelling and feeding together; the other a single bird. The social group consisted of two courting pairs and a male adult. The two pairs displayed courtship feeding twice while we were watching. They fed on different fruit and the only one I recognise is the fruit of the Roystonea regia commonly known as the Royal Palm.

OPH [AmarSingh]

“Above shows one of the courting pairs, female on the right. Note both females were moulting.

OPH [AmarSingh]

“That ‘tender moment’ in the courtship feeding, female on left (above). Love the eyelashes on the male.

“The ‘lone’ male feeding (tree unidentified) (top).

OPH [AmarSingh]

“A close up of a courting male is shown at the top of the page.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
25th December 2015

Location: Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment in the city near limestones

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