Oriental Pied Hornbill eats Murraya koenigii fruits

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The above image shows an Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) about to swallow a ripe fruit of the curry bush (Murraya koenigi). The plant is also known as garupillai, karwa pale and kerupulai in Malaysia.

This fruit has not been recorded as food for the Oriental Pied Hornbill by Kemp (2001) and Wells (1999). Neither has it been reported in our list on Plant-Bird Relationship version 2.0.

The leaves are used in curries for the characteristic aroma.

Suthagar Kotto
Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
27th May 2016

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 Hornbills. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 436-523.
2. Wells, D.R., 1999. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. I, Non-passerines. Academic Press, London. 648 pp.

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.

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