|Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris)|
Marcus contributed a post to the Bird Ecology Study Group page and here's what he said...
“On 5th July 2012, at about 7.30 am, while walking to Changi Beach from carpark 7 (near Changi Ferry Terminal which is the launchpad to Pulau Tekong) for an intertidal survey, Neo Mei Lin (from NUS Marine Lab) and I saw (or rather almost bumped into) three Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) that flew in from a very low angle, descending to waist level before swooping up into a profusely flowering and fruiting tree near the beach.
“They then began to feed on the bright red fruit of the tree, which Teo Siyang of NUS’ Plant Systematics Laboratory identified as a Sterculia sp., possibly parviflora or macrophyllia.
“We think the tree was a cultivated specimen planted by National Parks Board and if so, would welcome the choice of more such trees in urban parks as a source of food for frugivorous birds.”
6th July 2012
Note: An earlier post confirms that hornbills do eat the fruits of Sterculia LINK.
|Sterculia sp. tree flowering and fruiting|
|A pair of hornbills happily eating the fruits (or flowers?)|
Before the end of the trip, I spotted a family of cats and their kittens! They were all hiding under the plants... Cute!
Another trip soon then... :)