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Anthracoceros albirostris


Anthracoceros albirostris

Family Name: Bucerotidae
Taxonomic Group: Vertebrates (Bird)
Common Name: Oriental Pied Hornbill


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Description Large size, black plumage and white patch on face are distinctive. Casque small. Pale yellowish bill. Appears all black except for white on edge of wings, belly and under tail when in flight.

Ecology, Habitat & Location

Ecological Notes The Oriental Pied Hornbill feeds mainly on fruit such as Knema globularia, but also take small animals such as reptiles, birds and mammals. They nest in suitable hole in tree.The female hornbill is sealed inside the hole with a plaster of mud and fibres. The male gathers and delivers earth and food to the female. A narrow slit is left open to allow the male to feed the female and the chicks. The male brings mostly fruits, insects and lizards, and sometimes small birds.
Habitats Forest, Terrestrial, Parks & Gardens
Distribution Also found at Changi.
Nature Reserves Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Nature Areas Pulau Ubin


Species Status Resident
Conservation Status Rare




References Lim, K.S. & Gardner, D. 1997. Birds: An illustrated field guide to the birds of Singapore. Singapore: Sun Tree Publishing Limited. 226pp

Wang, L.K. & Hails, C.J. 2007. An annotated checklist of the birds of Singapore. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement no. 15. 179pp


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Species record last updated on: 21 August 2019.