Oriental Pied Hornbill – social group

on 2nd April 2016

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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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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