Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) & Calotes versicolor

Video screengrab of the Oriental Pied Hornbill with a garden lizard in its strong bill.

Video by Wee Yeow Chin.


On the evening of 9th June 2022, Wee Yeow Chin, Estela and Generose were chatting in front of his house at Sian Tuan Avenue.

Suddenly the familiar call of the Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) was heard. Looking around they noticed a pair of  hornbills perching on the branches of two different Golden Penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) trees.

And just as suddenly they flew to a tree near them and began searching among the branches. One of the hornbills picked up what they thought was a chick from a nest and flew to a tree on the other side of the road. Wee Yeow Chin noticed something dangling from tip of the hornbill’s large mandibles. It was then that they realised  it had caught a garden lizard, Calotes versicolor. 

Such lizards are commonly seen in his garden scurrying around looking for insects, etc.

In January 2022, Yap Wai Ming also witnessed an Oriental Pied Hornbill feed on a garden lizard at Sian Tuan Avenue.  https://besgroup.org/2022/02/03/oriental-pied-hornbill-caught-a-lizard/


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