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Fri 21 Oct 2005

Great Hornbill photographed at Telok Blangah Heights

Category : nature

In early October 2005, Damien Chng spotted a Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) at Telok Blangah Heights, block 72. He followed it for several hundred meters before managing to capture a pair of lovely photos which he posted to Club Snap Forum.

He says,

"I first saw a huge bird swooping in presumably from the Telok Blangah Hill area and thought that it was an eagle, which is quite common here. I was surprised to see a Hornbill instead and snapped off many shots.

It first landed on a tree then went over to the air-con compressors of the block and tapped on the windows of the flats. It then flew towards the Comunity Club area after which I lost sight of it."

Another ClubSnap member Garion noticed that "there is a a ring around its right foot."

Most hornbills seen in Singapore are animals that escaped from captivity (popularly termed "escapees"); they have been recorded frequently over time by sightings such as this one. The southern ridges which stretches from NUS through Pasir Panjang, Telok Blangah Hill, Mount Faber and Labrador Park boasts of many, many sightings over the last few decades.

Another species, the Oriental Pied Hornbill, is regularly seen in Pulau Ubin and the flock there is believed to be wild visitors from Malaysia, now breeding in Ubin. A film/research crew is planning to study them.

Other Habitatnews entries based on photo contributions:

  • Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) at Kent Ridge. Photos by Hugh Tan, 07 Feb 2004 & Lau Yie Hui, 11 Mar 2004.
  • Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) in Normanton Park. Photos by Kuet Shao Heng, 7th October 2002.
  • Southern (Oriental) Pied-Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) over Labrador Park. Photos by Lee Eng Lock, 19 Jun 2004, with comments about Hornbills in Singapore by Wang Luan Keng and Subaraj Rajathurai - link.

Other hornbill records with photos

  • Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) at Singapore Botanic Gardens. Photo by Paul Huang. Naturestops, ?2002.
  • Southern (Oriental) Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris), at least five individuals seen in Pulau Ubin. Photos by EAW Tan. CLubSnap, 31 Oct 2004.

Thanks to Kevin Lam for this and earlier alerts!

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