Male Oriental Pied Hornbill at the nesting hole

“This Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) nesting was recorded by me at Changi Village, Singapore many year back. Take note the food it brought home for its mate and chicks…” wrote Jeremiah Loei.

This male hornbill regurgitated about 20 figs in less than a minute (above, below). These were inserted into the nesting cavity through the narrow opening of the sealed chamber.

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After the figs came what looked like a larger piece of animal morsel that needed some effort to regurgitate.

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A second visit by this male brought a snail, protein for the developing chick/s no doubt (above).

“Note the chicks poo shot out of the nesting hole in the video, hygiene starts young…” added Jeremiah.

Jeremiah Loei
17th March 2017

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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