Luring the hornbill chick out of the nest

on 15th February 2017

OPH-bird [LianYeeMing]

Fledging is always a new experience among birds. This was so in the case of the Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) nesting at the Singapore Botanical Gardens. The chick was reluctant to leave the comfort of its nesting cavity. The world beyond was a new experience and the chick had yet to be convinced of its flying ability. But leave it must, as the adults withheld the usual feeding.

In this instance one of the adults had a dead chick specially caught as bait. It dangled the food in front of the hungry chick until the latter reluctantly made its first flight.

Hunger did force the chick to leave the nest. And fledge it did, at 5.21pm on 3rd February 2017 – see HERE.

Lian Yee Ming
2nd February 2017

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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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