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The Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) is a species of hornbill in the Bucerotidae family. It is found in the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, ranging across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. The Oriental Pied Hornbill's diet includes wild fruit (esp. figs, genus Ficus) and other fruit such as rambutans, along with small reptiles such as lizards and frogs, and larger insects.
These birds nest in decaying trees where cavities are found. Because this specific type of trees are not commonly found in healthy forest, the hornbills have little or no suitable nests and will not mate. Hence their numbers were decreasing. But now, NParks have installed artificial nests for the hornbills to breed, and their population is slowly regaining its numbers.
Saw these two hornbills at the roundabout infront of the hsbc volunteer hub in pulau ubin, Singapore. It was really nice watching them fly, but sadly I couldn't capture it. They were really far away, and I was only armed with a digital camera, so I had to zoom alot and it is really pixelated. But still, I was quite happy to see them at ubin:) it's quite rare.