Oriental Pied Hornbills in Desaru, Malaysia

I was so excited to see a pair of beautiful Oriental Pied Hornbills yesterday at Desaru, Malaysia -while we were staying in a beach resort for the weekend. They were eating the fruits from a tree and exchanging it with each other- a sign that the male will care for the female’s needs and their off-springs. They allowed us to get so close them and seemed quite use to humans. I’m so happy that they are also becoming quite common in Singapore. Enjoy the photos I took!
The Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) is a species of hornbill found in India and throughout South-east asia. It is usually found in subtropical or tropical lowland forests. Its diet consists mainly of wild fruit, as well as small reptiles and insects. It was extinct in Singapore in the mid-1800’s but through the Singapore Hornbill Project, there are now over 100 of them in Singapore and is now common sight in most parks and nature reserves such as Pasir Ris Park and Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Hornbills have a rare feature seen in birds-eyelashes!

The male has a slightly larger casque with a few marks and the female has a casque with more black/brown markings. In this picture, the one on the left is the male and the one sitting below him is the female.

Hornbills exchanging fruit. This is a sign that the male will take care of the female and her off-springs needs.

If you have seen a hornbill before, please do send me pictures/videos of it. I would love to see them!


Lavanya Prakash

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