Albert Cheah’s video clip shows a family of three Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) visiting the Housing Development Board’s heartland. Residents were visibly excited to see such large birds landing on the railing of their high-rise apartment building. Visit the All Singapore Stuff Facebook and read the many comments made.
Many were unfamiliar with the hornbills, thinking they were escapees from the Jurong Birdpark or foreign birds “visiting” Singapore. Others found the birds endearing while yet others were visibly hostile.
The visiting hornbills ate chillies (Capsicum annuum) from plants grown along the corridor before flying off.
Oriental Pied Hornbllls nest in natural cavities like rotting cavities in trees. However, there is always a demand for such cavities by birds like barbets, dollarbirds, parakeets, kingfishers, etc. LINK and mammals like the Common Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) LINK.
The introduction of special nesting boxes for Oriental Ped Hornbills some years ago helped solved this “housing” problem that in turn led to a sudden increase in Singapore’s hornbill population LINK.
This is one of the few times that these iconic birds visited the Housing Development Board heartland. Previously they mainly visited private condominiums LINK 1 and LINK 2, suburban housing areas LINK as well as home gardens LINK.
11th November 2018