Great Hornbills of Batang Kali-Genting Highlands, Malaysia

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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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