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Oriental Pied Hornbill eats Murraya koenigii fruits

on 5th June 2016

OPH-Murraya [SuthagarKotto].jpg

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

References:
1.
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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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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