Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Trumpeter Hornbill in Bidadari (April 18, 2016)

The news of the sighting of the Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator) in Bidadari was a big surprise to the birding and bird photography community. This is because the Trumpeter Hornbill is not local to this region but a native bird of Africa.

I manage to see the hornbill this morning before heading back to work. I am happy to see it feasting from ripen fruits of a fig tree showing its ability to survive in a foreign environment (at least for now), but also concerned that the global trade on wildlife bird (especially parrots, macaws etc.) is a huge treat to the native wildlife population numbers. This solitary Trumpeter Hornbill is a prime example of a victim of this trade. It's also interesting to note that this bird chose Bidadari as its sanctuary, showing again evidence of the importance of this place as a bird sanctuary.

Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator) in Bidadari
Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator)

Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator) in Bidadari
Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator)

Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator) in Bidadari
Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator)

Trumpeter Hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator)

Trumpeter Hornbill spread (source: Birdlife International) 

See also previous post on Bidadari :
Birdwatching in Bidadari (January 10, 2016), posted on January 20, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (December 20, 2015), posted on December 20, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 9, 2015), posted on November 16, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 31,2015), posted on November 12, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (October 11,2015), posted on October 17, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (Javan Munia) May 2015, posted on May, 24, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (February 2015), posted on March 06, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari (January 18, 2015), posted on January 21, 2015
Birdwatching before New Year 2015, posted on on January 01, 2015
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Raptors spotted (December, 2014), posted on December 26, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Local Residents (December, 2014), posted on December 16, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Blue-winged Pitta (December, 2014), posted on December 14, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari (November 9, 2014), posted on November 9, 2014
Birdwatching in Bidadari - Jambu Fruit Dove ( December 6 ), posted on December 6, 2013
Birdwatching in Bidadari ( November 3, 2013), posted on November 3, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Muslim Cemetery), posted on October 17, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Alkaff Gardens and Lake), posted on October 8, 2013
Weaving through Bidadari (Birdwatching), posted on October 14, 2013
Bidadari (17 December), posted on December 18, 2012
Saving Bidadari, posted on December 5, 2012
Bidadari (7 December), posted on December 9, 2012
Bidadari (18 November), posted on November 18, 2012


BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Bycanistes bucinator.

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