Great Hornbills of Batang Kali-Genting Highlands, Malaysia

on 15th May 2016

HornbillGr [Danaraj Maniam]

The Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) is a large, black and white bird with a distinct black band across the white tail. The white plumage is often stained yellow due to preen oil.

HornbillGr [Danaraj Maniam]

The pair (top) was flying around the forest looking for fruits at Batang Kali-Genting Highlands, Malaysia. Only when they flew nearer and landed on some branches that Danaraj had the opportunity to photograph them.

HornbillGr [Danaraj Maniam]

There were two pairs flying around the area most of the time. Apparently they were somewhat used to people and allowed limited close access for photography.

These hornbills usually feed from the canopy of large trees, sometimes descending to the ground to pick fallen fruits.

HornbillGr [Danaraj Maniam]

Their presence can be detected by the heavy flapping of wings and their series of very loud “kok” made by a duetting pair that usually lead to harsh roaring and barking.

Danaraj Maniam
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
8th February 2016

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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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