Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Horny-bill

Finally.. we saw the elusive Rhinoceros Hornbill, Buceros rhinoceros, near Fern Valley! First feeding happily on some climbing figs (may be Ficus aurantiacea), then got chased away by some Greater Racquet-tailed Drongo.. Haha.. Despite the constant pestering by drongos, it seems quite happy living in the Fern Valley - may be due to the abundance of food :)

Nobody knows from where it came from. For sure it's not native, simply because Singapore doesn't have any Rhinoceros Hornbill in the wild. Well.. we believe it could be an escapee from someone's house.. someone who smuggled it into Singapore from either Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra or Java..

All the best hornbill! Too bad it can't be really horny by being alone in this forest *grinz*

2 comments:

Sivasothi said...

See this entry on hornbills. Several species have been recorded as ecapees appreantly!

kukubird said...

We have not seen/heard this fella for a couple of months.. Guess it's now having a good time in Malaysia? It can be really lonely staying all by itself on Bukit Timah...