Male Oriental Pied Hornbill at the nesting hole

on 15th May 2017

“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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(screen grab)

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

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(screen grab)

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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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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